The Highest Kite

Something like this.

When it came to ridiculous schemes, Ryan and I were brilliant.

We decided that we’d break the world record for the highest kite ever flown, so we rode our bicycles to Mott’s Five and Dime, and then to David’s Supermarket, to buy every roll of kite string that either business had. We then took our one-dollar kite and ten dollars’ worth of string to the Joshua Elementary School playground where we’d have plenty of room.

The wind was perfect: strong enough to get the kite going, but not too strong. Soon we were at the end of the first roll which we simply tied to the second roll, and so on.

Eventually we ran out of string. Our kite was a tiny speck in the sky; we were thrilled with our accomplishment. Being above average in intelligence for a fourteen-year-old, I decided to tie the kite to the back of my bicycle and pull it home, forgetting the trees and power lines between us and my house a few miles away. I made it about ten yards before a line snagged our kite.

We accepted the loss and went home. Imagine how thrilled we were when we arrived and could still see the kite from my front porch.

We got to laugh about this when Ryan brought it up a few weeks ago, both grateful that we grew up before smartphones and had to find more creative ways to entertain ourselves.

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16 thoughts on “The Highest Kite

  1. When the string eventually broke, I’ll bet that kite ended up in the next county. Your story brings back memories of my own kite-flying days, way back when. We flew ’em high too, though I’m not sure we set any records.

    Posted by Tippy Gnu | February 14, 2020, 11:27 am
  2. Makes me want to go fly a kite

    Posted by Clever Girl | February 14, 2020, 11:58 am
  3. Yes, but if you had smart phones you would have a video to chuckle at now…

    Posted by Rivergirl | February 14, 2020, 4:05 pm
  4. It’s nice to set lofty goals.

    Posted by Jason Frels | February 14, 2020, 4:42 pm
  5. I can’t believe I was ever content with the roll of string that came with the kite… Way to dream big!

    Posted by Shayne | February 14, 2020, 6:02 pm
  6. I love those big kites that people have at the beach. Love your story. Good to see you posting again.

    Posted by pkadams | February 14, 2020, 6:07 pm
  7. Great story. It’s nice that you both still keep in touch after all these years. I never had any luck with kites and definitely would have never come up with the idea of using more than one roll of string.

    Posted by Snowbird In Training | February 15, 2020, 3:51 pm
  8. Such a cool story! And it makes me miss flying kites! Maybe I should get one for the sole purpose of teaching my niece, of course! No personal interest there! 🙂

    Posted by Jay | February 18, 2020, 6:22 pm
  9. I love this story! Reminds me of all the seemingly odd ambitions that you concoct as a young person.

    Posted by Hannah Louise | February 22, 2020, 1:38 am

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