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Casey Bailey stands in awe at how big the bubbles are around him. Casey’s mother, Yolanda, has been creating contraptions to make bubbles bigger and bigger through the years. (NNS/Photo by: John Zurcher)

Hide and seek, freeze tag, slip n’ slides: these are just some of the things adults may think about when they look back on their childhood. 

Memories of summer days and summer nights adventuring through the big world with zero cares or worries.

 “When I think of my childhood, I think about bubbles floating in the fields,” said Brainard resident Yolanda Bailey. “Bubbles give me a sense of peace and a place of solace when life moves fast.”

Bailey has been fascinated by bubbles her whole life. They have given her the ability to live life like a child even in the midst of work.

That child-like attitude has turned to her children and from her children to her community, and from her community to her state. So, how did that develop? Bailey lives on a farm and she loved to watch her children run around outside and blow bubbles, the way she did as a kid.

“It gave me so much joy to see my children enjoy the outside as they blew bubbles and watched them float away,” Bailey said. “My kids loved it and I loved watching it.”

Bailey remembers almost every day seeing her children run outside and blow bubbles. That passion continued through her children’s time of growing up. During that time, Bailey’s love for bubbles kept growing.

“It’s funny how something so simple and child-like like bubbles, can continue to grow on you as you get older,” Bailey said.

About 20 years ago, Bailey began developing her own solution for her bubbles. She wanted to make a bigger and better bubble solution that is unique and fun. In 2009, Bailey finally found what she was looking for. Through trial and error, her new and improved bubble solution became a reality.

“I loved playing with bubbles,” Bailey’s son Casey, who’s now an adult, said. “But when my mom perfected her own bubble solution, I couldn’t get enough of bubbles.”

Bailey began bringing her solution to the farmer’s markets in Lincoln and in Omaha where she not only sold food from her farm but also her bubble solution. The bubbles began to be a hit at the farmer’s market.

“Everybody loves bubbles,” Bailey said. “Kids not only loved seeing the bubbles, but adults loved them even more.”

To go along with the solution, Bailey and her family started to make stringed wands that allowed the bubbles to triple in size. These wands are made from rods about the size of a yardstick, and thick string that ties the two sticks together.

The bubbles began to grow and grow with time as they got better at weaving the string.

“I’m in my 20s and the larger bubbles make it more fun for a guy like me to enjoy,” Casey Bailey said.

This distinct hobby and grand dream have allowed Bailey to create her own bubble business. She now sells her secret solution and her stringed bubble wands both at farmer’s markets and online.

 “I hope I can continue to bring joy to all ages,” Bailey said. “This world needs to learn to be a bit more child-like.”

Senior Journalism student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln