I have a good friend back home in Iowa who is taking a new picture every day for a year. Fascinating!
The past two days she’s posted kite photos.
She kindly gave me permission to use them in this blog.
The topic is particularly appropriate since April is National Kite Month!
According to the NKM calendar of events, kite flying is BIG in Texas.
Not as big as it was in Japan in 1760, when kite flying was banned altogether because too many people were flying kites instead of going to work. But still… kite flying remains very popular.
Drawing on the experiences of kite flying experts like Charlie Brown and Benjamin Franklin, and on my own observations these past 4 months as a gate guard, I thought it might be helpful to add some precautions for flying a kite in Texas.
1. Make it a BIG kite!
The average lasso is 30 feet long but it makes a doggone heavy kite string and adding that Texas flag really weighs it down! 😀
2. Look down!
If you’re looking up at your kite, you’re not maintaining an adequate vigil for vipers.
3. Look up!
If you’re looking down, you might lose your kite in a live oak tree. You can tell a live oak by the fact the moss is trying to kill it. You can’t lose it in a dead oak tree because it won’t have leaves or moss and your kite will remain in plain sight.
4. Bring a 2nd kite!
The first one is bound to get lost forever in the great calche in the sky!
5. Bring a cell phone!
It’s April with temps already over 10o. By the time you’ve run far enough for to get your kite aloft, you’ll likely be in the throes of heat stroke.
6. Bring a 3rd kite!
If your 2nd kite crashes to the ground, the buzzards will think something has just died and will eat it before you get there.
7. Bring your own wind!
Some days the air here is as still as a possum playing dead.
8. Bring a map!
On the other hand, many days are extremely windy!
Flying kites on excessively windy days caused great concern in the 1900s in East Germany where large kites were banned, fearing they might lift people over the Berlin Wall.
Be prepared. If you fly a kite in Tyler on a windy day, you may end up in Shreveport.
9. Bring a 4th kite!
A prickly pear encounter could easily puncture your 3rd kite beyond repair.
10. Wear a hat!
If you lose your kite in any tree, while you’re scouring the branches for it, a snake may fall on your head. This happened to Kathy, our ranch owner. She didn’t specifically say if she was looking for a kite, but a snake did drop out of a tree onto her head
11. Holler, It’s a Kite! It’s a Kite!
Someone might confuse it with a real pterodactyl and shoot it down. I’ve seen stranger things. Let us harken back to the pigs on the fence posts.
I hope these tips will prove to be helpful! I think Benjamin Franklin got it right. If you’re going to fly a kite it Texas, get it in the air and hide in the barn.
This post was inspired by and is dedicated to my photo-taking friend! Thanks, Kari!