A Lost Kite Can Be A Good Thing

by Kiteguy
(Kansas, USA)

We were at a club fun fly. Beautiful day with lots of local people joining us with their discount store kites.

One family had a plastic, princess delta kite. The little girl flying it was happily letting the line out as the kite flew higher and higher.

The line on the spool came to the end, and was not tied to the spool. The kite went free, leaving the little girl in tears, holding an empty spool.

I went over to offer condolences, and gave her the hand made kite that I had been flying.

That caused a LOT of things to happen... It caused the tears to turn to a huge smile! It relieved a lot of stress on the parents, which made THEM smile. And it made ME the happiest of all!

Now I always have a few kites in my bag to use in similar situations. I also carry a 30ft long extension lineman's pole to rescue kites from trees at the parks. I get lots of smiles! Even rescued a Frisbee from a tree once. :)

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by: Jason

You my friend are what sets kiters apart from every other sport. We truly are a special group of people! Always ready to lend a hand. Keep up the great work of promoting the sport!

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Way-to-Go
by: Gary Crenshaw ( Hampton, Ga. )

Besides knowing and understanding symmetrics and design technique, there are so many more things that make a true Kite Flier. Sounds like you are one of the top members of the club. Great story.

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by: Tim Parish

Well that's an unexpected theme for a 'lost kite' story - but thanks for that positive, uplifting contribution :-) More of the same are very welcome - any takers?

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