Why don’t you just go fly a kite

I have a love/hate relationship with Kansas City, my home since winter of 2008.

The weather is insane, hate. The crime rate is really high, hate. The sports teams are ALLCAPSAWFUL, hate.

But the BBQ is heavenly, love. The highways make it a dream to get around, love. And there is so much to do here.


This morning we woke up with no direction. We ate breakfast, sat around in our pajamas with SportsCenter on (I’ve been brainwashed) and watched the late morning sun shake off the chill of last night.

Normally I’m happy to do this, but today I wanted to go GO GO. And of course, so did Monkey. He’ll even tell you, “Shoes, Mama. Go. Go car. VRRRROOOM.”

So after a quick Google search of events in our area, we headed out to the 2012 Flights of Fancy Kite Festival. I wasn’t sure what to expect since I’d never even heard of this thing before, but that’s kind of the beauty of living in a “newish” place – there’s always something new to discover.

When we pulled up next to MCC-Longview, the sky was a sharp blue and the breeze barely tickled the tops of the trees. Parking was easy enough to find with only a short walk to the festival field.

Monkey had fallen asleep during the drive so when we got him out of the truck he put on his best grump face, crossed his arms and slumped in the stroller. But as soon as we made it around the bend, he saw this and perked right up.

There are certain days in spring where living feels like Heaven on Earth, and this was one of them. The breeze picked up. The savory smells from the food trucks intermingled with the sweet scent of the freshly-mown grass. Strains of rock music provided a beat for the announcer as she told us all about the different kites in the sky.

People are serious about kites, it seems. They have a club, y’all.

One guy had several kites that he would rotate through. Some of them were fast and capable of quick, twisting maneuvers, like this one. Others were large and capable of pulling some weight and he would have to throw himself backward onto the ground to keep from being pulled aloft.

While many, many people brought their own kites, we were just happy to stand and observe, to be a part of the landscape and to witness such a perfect day as this.

Today was love.

25 thoughts on “Why don’t you just go fly a kite

  1. Such a cool festival!

    I love Kansas City! Husband has family there and we went to college in Springfield. Next time we’re down can we please get together (in a totally non-stalker ish way!)

    1. It was a really pretty event. 🙂 I had no idea you had ties to KC! Definitely next time you head this way, let me know. We will grab GFunk as well and make a party out of it!

  2. My goodness, I can’t believe it took me so long to absorb the fact that you are in KC. I’m in Olathe and was raised in Prairie Village. I’ve spent my whole life wishing I lived near some mountains, but it’s not too bad here, especially for cultural events. Mostly I hang out at the Nelson….

    1. Heh, I don’t blog much about the town, I guess! I’ve never been to the Nelson. Hubs always said we’d go, then we had a baby, and then…yeah. So maybe one of these days! I would love to go.

  3. That’s one thing I miss about living in a city….there’s always something to do, really close by! I’m glad you’re enjoying it more these days. 🙂

  4. We have the Kites Over Callingwood festival, up here in the great white north. I sort of found it by accident when my son was three months old, screaming with colic, and only ever happy when he was outside. So, during one of our all day walks in the sunshine, I looked up and saw hundreds of kites. So beautiful. I don’t think the Bug cried at all, that afternoon 🙂

  5. That looks like SO much fun! I need to see if we have something like that for us to go to as well.

  6. Today was love, indeed. Looks like the perfect afternoon.

    (As long as my husband’s the one in charge of the kite-flying and I get to sit and enjoy the sunshine and the music and the food.)

    Yes, I am lazy. But in a “I’m setting a good example of how to relax in your future” kind of way.

    That exists, right?
    Please tell me that exists.

    1. I’m clumsy, so the kite flying would have to be someone else’s job or we’d end with an I Love Lucy episode. I think it’s always great to set an example for our children. 🙂

  7. Oh I love this. Brian has a huge love for kites and collects them. He has them hung in the garage and brings them out on windy days. The massive fabric takes practice to control!! We don’t have anything like what you went to around here. I wish we did, it would have been wonderful.

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