Balloon: Which came first, the girl or the balloon?
Girl: I came first, and none too soon.
Balloon: You were a wish that I created!
Girl: You are a thing that I inflated!
Balloon: But I can float to outer space!
Girl: With a few quick squiggles I drew your face!
Balloon: I can prove that it was I.
Girl: Whatever you prove will be a lie. But please, let’s hear you certify…
Balloon: It was like this: One day, floating along the shore, I spied a boy alone on his towel wishing for a girl. Since wishing for girls is what boys do best and since issuing wishes is my finesse, I hovered to the boy and presented him his complementary wish. Well, of course he wished for you! I dipped into the sea, patted some jellyfish together, added some seaweed for hair, some salt for preservation. And there you were! End of conversation.
Girl: Jellyfish!? Seaweed!? Salt!? My softness and huggability have nothing to do with jelly! And my hair is perfectly the opposite of algae! And last and never least, I am sweet, not salty! Your ravings are nonsense times triple and double – you’re but a stick of gum I chewed and blew into a bubble!