when there were dime stores, I used to buy 25-cent paper
kites and put them together and fly them till they tore
up. I never got them up very far, and often not at all.
I'd race around in Riverside Park with the kite dragging
in the air three feet behind me, and when I thought I'd
built up enough wind, I'd whip around, expecting it to
lift off and soar up into the sky. That very rarely happened.
But, oh, when it did! My heart sailed right up there with
there are people who are dedicated kite flyers, who meet
on weekends to practice stunts and compete in contests
around the country, flying high tech kites made of nylon
or polyester, costing hundreds of dollars.
And there are Pakistani men who still fly paper kites
in parks in Queens, carrying on a tradition of fighting
kites with glass-encrusted strings slicing through their
all share a passion for playing with the wind and letting
their spirits fly.