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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Kite Flying 101

Do you remember a while back when I talked about being too cheap to buy a new kite? Well, that plan backfired on me. I was publicly humiliated as the obnoxious kite refused to fly. Clearly, I still have several large lessons to learn about patience and humility. As a result of this disaster, and Ian's attempts at bearing his burdens bravely, I broke down and bought a new kite. As a salve to my wounded Dutch genes, I used a coupon and got it 40% off.
Happily, the kite flew. Sorry about the picture. Do you have any idea how hard it is to manage a kite and an eager 4-year-old flyer, while trying to take a picture and keep a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old from getting clothes-lined by the string? Try it sometime...you can work on your patience and humility too.
Anyway, here is the happy boy, learning about wind power, lift and gravity, and other sciency stuff, but mostly having a blast.

If you look closely, you can see the kite. If you get out your microscope, you can see the Bald Eagle who was scoping out the activities (seriously, there was a Bald Eagle!)One more picture. That face makes up for all the trouble this little project has caused me.

2 comments:

MommaMindy said...

How to fail gracefully is also an amazing lesson for a kid to learn. You never know until you try, and sometimes despite trying hard, you still will fail. There will be plenty of times in life where he will make something and it WILL work.

You're still an amazing Momma, even with one failed kite project. :)

~ Tandis ~ said...

YAY for the kite flying and how cool to have the eagle there too.
Maybe I'll ask Ian to teach Mia's lesson on wind and flight. :)