“You will find truth more quickly through delight than gravity. Let out a little more string on your kite”

By late afternoon yesterday, the temperature had started to plummet. It got cold, bone chilling cold. Even poor Henry was cold when he came inside the house from a quick bathroom run. I didn’t mind the cold so much. It is, after all, still winter but then the wind started. It was so loud the freight train cliche jumped in to my head because it sounded just like that. A couple of times Henry looked up when his attention grabbed by the wind rattling windows. When I let him out for his last bathroom run, he wanted in right away. The wind was tremendous and so very loud, emphasis on the loud. I watched Henry crouch and run upstairs to the door. I let him. After we had gone to bed, the wind howled from the north, and I could hear the branch closest to my bedroom window. Henry was on edge. He is still not great with the unexpected, but after a while, even Henry went to sleep.

Today is cold and windy but a pretty day with sun and a blue sky. When I let Henry out this morning, he made a quick dash out and back. Now he is asleep on the couch. The cats are asleep upstairs.

When I was a kid, I remember windy days and walking across the field below my street. I’d spread out my arms hoping the wind would catch me. My coat billowed. Sometimes my hat took off on its own route, and I’d have to chase it. But once we got beyond the field, the houses on each side of the road protected us from the wind. School was a quick walk from there.

Woolworth’s sold kites. They were made with balsa wood and tissue-like paper. You had to be gentle when putting the kite together because the wood could break or the tissue paper tear. I’d buy the kite and a reel of twine. I’d look around the house for something to use for the kite’s tail. When the kite was all together, I’d go down to the field on a windy day and fly my kite. I remember holding it in my hand at the cross wood in the middle and running with it waiting for the wind. The kite soared into the air higher and higher after the wind caught it. Nothing was more amazing than the kite flying high in the air with the sky as a back drop. I felt the wind. I was the kite.

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8 Comments on ““You will find truth more quickly through delight than gravity. Let out a little more string on your kite””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I think I have never flown a kite. But I used to like to go down to the beach on windy days like this one and face into the wind and open up my jacket like wings. If the wind was blowing hard enough, it would lift me slightly off the ground and push me back. Of course, I was much lighter then. I doubt the the wind could do much with me now. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Yesterday was kind of tame until the evening. Can we say that March came in like a reluctant lion who finally found his roar? He roared all night. Rocky and Piki Dog barked at the sound. They did their outside business very quickly this morning. And Piki still barked at the wind.
    It’s relatively quiet now but still very cold.
    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I have a kite I haven’t flown yet. It is magnificent, a giant black bird. I was thinking of hanging it from the ceiling. It is too beautiful to stay in the closet.

      It always seemed like flying when the wind took us. The field was open on all sides so on any windy day we cold be blown about. There was a way to walk around the field by going down the road, but we never did.

      Henry barks at everything, but he didn’t bark at the wind last night though he did look up when it was especially intense. He saved his barks for the deliveryman who came today.

      Stay warm!

  2. William Sandford Says:

    We lost power from 11 last night until 6:30 this morning. I started the generator an hour before power came back. The roaring wind kept me awake, so now I’m tired and grumpy and going to bed early. NH living…

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      That really sucks at any time but especially last night when it was so cold. My heat almost constantly blasted.

      I don’t think I would have waited so long. Try earplugs. They work pretty well. Keep A pair on hand. Peg is a saint!!

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Well, our idiot Republican Governor, Gregg Abbot is resending all Covid-19 restrictions, including mask wearing on March 10th. He claims that hospitalizations and deaths are down and itโ€™s time to go back to economic prosperity. Thatโ€™s one way to get folks to forget the botched up job he did with electricity during the cold snap. Weโ€™ll see what happens.

    I remember those kites from the variety store as a kid. Usually, the thin paper would tear and we would make replacements using the brown paper that came from the laundry. We made the tails out of old shirts that we tore into strips. Kite flying was always a fun activity especially in March when the winds blew. Eventually, the kite wound up in a tree and the fun was short lived. I always envied the kids that had the expensive box kites.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I just read about your idiot governor and how he is totally opening the state and not mandating masks. He might have blamed wind and renewable energy for the electrical fiasco, but it was his fault for ignoring power outages in other years.

      He is indebted to utilities, power companies, and oil and gas companies throughout his career for the millions of dollars they donated to him.

  4. Christer. Says:

    I used to run with the wind and then jump up as high as I could and always believed my jump was much longer than without the wind ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    We usually bought readymade kites, usually two long sticks with see through plastic between them and with a Disney character printed on it. They bwere really good kites!
    Later on I made them myself but with thin but normal sticks and the same paper You describe. We call that paper Silk paper and is great for kites.

    The swedish name for kite is drake and that’s dragon in english ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      The kite kit I bought from Woolworth’s was pretty inexpensive, but I still hated it when my kite wood broke or the paper got torn. The paper had a picture on it, but I don’t remember what it was.

      When the wind was so strong, I really did think I was flying when my coat billowed. I remember spinning in the wind.

      Wow, that drake means dragon in English is a perfect name. Dragons soar and fly so high.

      Enjoy your day!!


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