There is something therapeutic in flying a kite. A colorful kite soaring gracefully overhead is a lovely sight.
It is a dance in the sky as one on the ground performs choreography–forward, back, pull, feed out, hold the line steady, run alone, run together–a ritual offered to the wind. A character playing a role in the great theater of the sky. It is happiness on a string.
Who could have thought that such a simple pursuit could bring such joy?
All one is doing is standing there, holding onto a string. Most of the time, the wind does all the work for you. OK, so sometimes you have to tug on it and make a few adjustments to ensure that the whole thing does not cascade to earth, but for most of the time, one is pretty much just standing there, neck craned skyward, the sun beating down on you. And yet, there is an undeniable joy in the act.
Flying a kite makes it the perfect metaphor:
- One Sky One earth, anybody from any station can fly a kite
- A strong frame to fly high
- Go fly a kite
- Soaring in the sky; Flying high
Assembling my kite with the kind assistance from Bill of The Sandpiper Inn, I take a quick stroll to the beach. The New Jersey coast is a little windy, but I am not afraid of catching a good breeze.
It took a try or two to get my lovely kite in the air, but before long I had unspooled the full 300′ length of string and my kite was dancing in the sky, weaving and bobbing, buffeted by the gusty winds.
I stood there mesmerized, watching my kite fly with the constant sound of the crashing surf as my backdrop, I felt the weight of the world simply melt away, all my cares scattered in the wind until they dissolved – even if just for a few carefree moments.
Getting more comfortable and more at ease, I found myself running (more like strolling really) down the beach, my kite chasing me from three hundred feet in the air, the sand beneath my toes and the Atlantic coast lapping at my ankles.
Giddy like a child. Free like a bird. I had found happiness at the end of a string.
So, the next time somebody tells you to go and fly a kite, take them up on that, and do just that – GO FLY A KITE!