Thursday, July 9, 2009

Go, fly your kite

Yesterday and today I took the boys to the lake to fly their kites. It's winter now (and the school holidays), so it's officially kite flying season.

we had to pass the old dog with the scary eye

I don't recall ever flying a kite in my life, but the sheer exhilaration one feels when launching the fragile device into the air and watching it saw effortlessly to dizzying heights helps explain the craze among the children here (the cost does too -- a typical model is just 15p).

no wind required!

If you're going to play a little rough, the kids coat the lines in glue mixed with ground glass to (literally) cut out the competition. The practice was recently made illegal in São Paulo (not for the kids, but for their parents/guardians - i.e. me!) due to motorcycle riders being garrotted by stray lines.

intense concentration from W

L - a well orchestrated performance


Sonya said...

Awesome, looks like fun...except for the whole garrotting thing. Yikes!

Anonymous said...

Luke I think you might enjoy reading the Kite Runner -you would certainly understand more about the thrill of flying kites!

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