We haven't done this in years

Ever since she saw an episode of "Curious George" in which the title character flies a kite, Natalie's been asking to fly a kite of her own. "Maybe a Hello Kitty one?" she'll often add. I usually put her off, telling her that maybe she'll get a kite for Christmas or her birthday (I needed to buy myself some time to find the requested kite).

But the other day I remembered that Bret and I have a kite somewhere in our back closet. Sure enough, a lovely Pocket Parafoil was waiting for us, tucked neatly into its stuff sack. Yesterday was a perfectly blustery day, the late afternoon was dragging a little bit (they often do), and I'd already started dinner, so I was out of reasons to not fly a kite with Natalie.

We walked around to the back of our house, a neglected area of mowed weeds and gopher holes. I tossed the kite in the air, handed Natalie the spool, and watched with childlike wonder as our beautiful parafoil tugged and ducked and rolled on the wind. Natalie was excited and laughed every time the kite crashed onto the roof.

Too soon, the wind drove Natalie indoors, but she gave the kite flying another try when Bret got home. He seemed to enjoy the experience, as well...

Andrea,
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