"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Monday, April 14, 2008

Kites are genius

For some reason, I had the notion that kite flying would involve me running my ass off trying to keep a mammoth kite aflight alternating with desperately re-winding long lines of tangled string all the while the children would look on, listless and bored.

But oh! On the contrary! Our first experience with kites was not in the least bit tragic. Gabriel spied the $5 buggers at Target last week and before I knew it, we were at the always-windy park ready to give them a whirl.
Simone's turtle kite flew with minimal effort but that didn't stop her from pulling a Forrest Gump. Run Bomey Run!Gabriel's dragon proved to be a tad more challenging but all the reason to run even harder.
And you know where my butt was the whole time? Firmly planted on the ground. That's where. And I'll say it again... kites are genius.

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