APPLE SEEDS: Let`s Go Fly A Kite
Let’s Go Fly A Kite.
UP near the highest heights… Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring.
UP near the atmosphere, UP where the air is clear. Let’s all go fly a kite.That my friends, is from memory (so if it isn’t quite right, please accept my apology. I resisted the urge to "Google it").
For me, lyrics, like smells and tastes, invoke strong memories. This song from Mary Poppins is no exception. If just reading that put that catchy tune in your head, or got you to sing along – bravo!
A 'kite' also refers to certain birds of prey, also known as raptors. These species of birds hunt and feed on rodents and other small animals. (this was my 'learn something new every day')In the novel 'Watership Down' by Richard Adams a small group of rabbits, humanized by the brilliance of the author, facing the destruction of their warren, set out to find a new home. Many years have passed since I ingested those pages, but I distinctly remember the intense dialogue between a mother and her kits on the dangers of the outside world. My copy included a page showing silhouettes of birds of prey that must be feared, as seen from the hiding place of a rabbit.
What was named for what - which came first? I couldn't determine whether kites were named because of the resemblance to these majestic creatures or the other way around, but the similarity is too great to think there isn't some connection. (have no idea where 'kiting a bad cheque' comes).
Kites have a long history, dating back centuries. According to Wikipedia, China boasts of the first kites, having ample supply of the ideal materials - silk and bamboo and of course, ingenuity. Paper kites were then introduced, also by the Chinese, and used for various purposes, among them communication in military operations.
The European introduction through Marco Polo came late in the 13th century. Although generally thought of as an entertaining curiosity, it's scientific worth was made famous in 1750 by Benjamin Franklin's experiment proposal that eventually proved that lightning produced electricity.
Kites have inspired aircraft design, lifted the science of meteorology, while providing great fun when vacationing in Mexico. (although take care - I have heard some horror stories from some locals - you know who you are).
We are very fortunate to have the perfect back yard for kite flying. There are no power lines, no tall trees, and a great cross breeze from west to east (or vice versa, depending on the day).
The arrival of spring in all of its gusty glory, heralded the purchase of new kites. (having said the backyard is perfect, they invariably end up caught in an apple tree, or as it wafts down, catching the eye of our dog. Nope... never makes it through the season). As my daughters got older, the kites became more complicated, and unfortunately, I never seemed to master the dual-lined, trick kites. A couple of years of trial and abject failure sent us back to the basics. One string, a tail, and a kite.
There are few things more gratifying then the simple pleasure of running across the yard, kite held high, waiting for the perfect moment when the wind reaches down to reward your perseverance (yes... if at first you don't succeed....). The spectacular look of colour on the sky blue palette, experiencing the wonder of the wind as it reels and rolls.
Too many days are spent in the noise of crowds, social media, emails, and ever increasing expectations.
This Sunday afternoon, wander down to Zwick's Park in Belleville and take in the Children's Kite Festival hosted by the Kiwanis. You don't have to be a kid to enjoy the simple pleasure of watching kites as the colours dip and dive across the sky.
Let's Go Fly A Kite.
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