with an adorable mini-kite, of course.
Today, I missed the big Uttarayan celebration and all the kite flying joy that came with it. Rather than being discouraged about not being able to take part, I made the best of the afternoon and celebrated when I could.
Kites aren’t the easiest thing to come by when you want one in a hurry. Pick a store, any store, and the best you’ll find is some piece of mylar with a superhero or princess on it. Why?
A) Because kites are for kids, duh.
B) All girls like princesses and all boys like superheroes, double duh.
I knew this fact before hitting up a store, so I wasn’t going to be heartbroken by the selection. In honor of all things good and festive, I was going to fly whatever I could get my hands on. By staying optimistic, I think I pleased the Kite Gods, because I found something that WAY exceeded my expectations. Now, I did see what I expected, but in addition to the standard kites, I found something of pure awesomeness…the mini kite.
Goodness, these things are cute! These are the typical flat pieces of mylar hooked to string, but tiny and colorful and best of all, easy to put away. They pretty much met all my criteria…adorable, small and practical. You really can’t go wrong with anything that is all three of those in one. I chose a tiny macaw that was just over 6 inches wide and I love him. This isn’t some fancy Japanese number or some multi-stringed trick kite. It’s simple and functional, all I really needed to celebrate. My partner in festiveness chose a little yellow bi-plane. And so, on this warm January day, with one minute macaw and one bitty bi-plane, we took part in Kite Flying Day. We marked the end of winter…a little early, and it was wonderful. Next year, I may attempt building my own special kite for the day.