The Art of Kite Flying

Saturday was unseasonably warm.  The sun was shining and kids were outside gleefully playing.  The kids rode their bikes, enjoyed a soccer game, and even played a few rounds of the classic, hide-and-go seek.  It was glorious.

Smiles were wide and we all shook off some winter blues.  The timing could not have been better.

After a while, Kelsey emerged with an unopened kite box.  She was on a mission to fly her kite.  Step one, open the layers of tape and packaging to locate the kite and its many components.  A multi-color butterfly appeared before our eyes at completion.  Kels was overjoyed.  The only problem I saw was a lack of wind…

Kelsey saw no problem at all..

She eagerly and patiently helped me affix the thread and metal springs.  It seemed that she found joy in every step of the process and squealed with delight as the flat material transformed into majestic butterfly.  

Truth be told, Kelsey’s daily injections have been tough to endure this week.  We are all ready to find a new routine.  Though we trudge through the motions because of their importance, we feel a little defeated by 7 A.M., too.

Thus, the return of the sunshine and warmth did us all a world of good.

We still had to fly our kite.  And when Kelsey is on a mission, there is no stopping her.  Persistence could truly be her middle name.  The child will not quit.

Every new attempt to fly made her focus even more on her goal.  She lengthened the rope, held it tightly, tried, and tried again.

Her determination inspires me.  Her strong will found a way and though it was only a few yards of successful flight, her joy was infinite.

Saturday, I thank you for the breathe of fresh air that I desperately needed.

Looking for a fun and festive St. Paddy’s Day event?  Join us for a St. Paddy’s Day Happy Hour on Friday, March 17 from 5-8 P.M. at Philly Sports Bar for games, drink specials, and fun.  Win some liquor, share a toast, and help us raise money for our cause.  Save the date.  More information will be posted in the coming days.