Let's Go Fly a Kite

Yesterday was one of those days. We spent almost the entirety of it in the car, running errands. It was one of those days that even though Silas and I spent the whole day together, I felt like we hadn't connected at all. No time for playing. No time for books. Just gathering things and dashing out the door. But in a break between tasks outside the house, he started to rummage through the front hall closet, pulled something out and brought it to me saying, "Mama, what a windy day! Let's fly my kite!" How could I possibly say, "no"?

So we took a 15 minute respite from the rushing and sat outside flying his kite. When papa came home at the end of the day, I sent them both outside for a repeat performance. When they didn't come back inside, I turned the stove off and joined them. Dinner could wait.

It was a timely activity as this week we're talking about wind. Our Circle Time books are Gilberto and the Wind by Ets (a title that I absolutely adore) and The Wind Blew by Hutchins. It's a magical thing, wind, and a perfect phenomenon for a preschooler to explore. So difficult to describe, it has to be experienced. Lived. You have to feel it in your hair and on your face and between your fingers.


Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.

                       ~Christina Rossetti

1 comment:

  1. I love flying kites with my little ones. This, for me, is a sure sign of spring.

    Lovely photos and delightful accompanying books!

    Wishing you a lovely day.