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Do You Want to Fly a Kite?

February 8, 2024
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How many times in your life have you looked at a picture of a child running down the beach unfurling the string while a kite bobs above his head? When you hear the song “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” from Mary Poppins, does it become an instant earworm? Do you have a memory of trying to fly a kite and having it unceremoniously crash into the ground?

You aren’t the only one whose mind conjures up these images. In fact, there are a lot of people thinking of these things or at least trying to fly a kite as you read this. Why? Because today is National Kite-Flying Day.

When I looked it up, I discovered that it is a feel-good holiday. A day where people can get outside and be free as they try to fly their kites, or they can cuddle up with a glass of wine and once again watch Mary Poppins. There are historical ties – like Benjamin Franklin, his key, his kite, and electricity – but the fun is what the holiday has come to commemorate.

For authors, when writing is going well, every day is National Kite-Flying Day because of the sensation of being free and having fun. Unfortunately, when words don’t flow, it is like the kite being too heavy, the string being too short, or there simply not having enough wind. But, for today, let’s think happy thoughts.

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38 thoughts on “Do You Want to Fly a Kite?

  1. Hi Debra — I’m definitely ready for a feel-good holiday and our weather is perfect for kite-flying.

    1. But I understand you are supposed to be getting snow. That won’t work as well for kite flying.

  2. Kite weather means it’s a good day for just about anything. Now you’ve mead me want to go out and buuy one.

  3. I have always loved flying kites, and the beach is a great place for that because there are fewer kite-eating trees! Also, the beach has always been a happy place for me. As a kid we had the basic diamond shaped flat kite. Those are very hard to keep aloft, but we got tons of exercise trying! By the time my kids came along, kites had evolved, and the kids’ kites popped right up. They have always thought it was easy to fly a kite!

    1. I know what you mean about kite-eating trees. It seemed like I always tried to fly one directly into one – except at the beach.

  4. Good morning, here in West Texas it is a little cool and we have been having breezy days which would make flying a kite easy , but if I am going to go fly a kite, I would have to wait for the weather to be just a tad warmer, I have always loved watching my 2 now grown children and now my grandchildren fly kites, it always makes my heart happy when I get to see my now grown children and my grandchildren flying kites together, it warms my heart. Have a great day.

    1. There is something special about seeing generations flying kites in total abandonment and joy together.

  5. Not really much of a kite flyer. Even as a child, I was huge into being outdoors. I preferred to play with dolls or read books. With osteoarthritis throughout my spine and knee problems, I still prefer to relax on my recliner with a good book. That definitely makes me happy.

  6. My kite flying experiences always ended with my kite doing a header. It just didn’t want to fly.

  7. Growing up in southwest Missouri, we didn’t have a lot of days where the wind cooperated enough to where we could fly a kite. However, when we did, it was always a blast; even when the kites ended up in the trees. Good memories lol.

  8. Remember the old dismissive saying, “Go fly a kite”? Given the many positive connotations of kite-flying adventures, I wonder how the concept became twisted into a sort-of curse. I’ll think about that tomorrow. Today, I’m going to enjoy Fly a Kite Day.

    1. I hope you do. There’s something innocent and freeing about kite flying … despite the dismissive connotation that can be used.

    1. For me, every little pleasure that I may come across in my daily life always makes me happy, be it just to greet some stranger on the store checkout line, or I’ve just discovered a new restaurant that serves yummy food. As for flying kite as a kid, my brother and I would use some plastic grocery bag, tie the two “handle holes” together with some string, and run on the field on a windy day – viola, a high flying “kite”! Those were our precious memories.

  9. For me, every little pleasure that I may come across in my daily life always makes me happy, be it just to greet some stranger on the store checkout line, or I’ve just discovered a new restaurant that serves yummy food. As for flying kite as a kid, my brother and I would use some plastic grocery bag, tie the two “handle holes” together with some string, and run on the field on a windy day – viola, a high flying “kite”! Those were our precious memories.

  10. This post reminds me of “Let’s go fly a kite” from “Mary Poppins”. That movie still makes me smile even after 6o years.

    1. Exactly. It was the first thing that came into my mind when I saw it was national Kite Flying Day.

  11. Kite flying was a fun activity growing up on the farm but hard to do raising kids in town—too many lines to contend with.

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