Kite Lost Kite Found

by Gary Crenshaw
(Hampton,Ga. USA)

I had a homemade tail-less diamond kite that I built using actual bamboo poles for the frame. Like most stories go I was flying the kite at around nine hundred feet high when an un-welcome change in wind speed came up.

This is where a kite that was flying great changes shape and takes on a mind of its own. In other words, before you can reel it back in it usually lands itself in the tallest tree in sight. This time that was about a quarter of a mile away and across two roads, so chalk one more up for the tree.

Two weeks later I was working in my back yard when my wife pointed into the sky and said 'Hey, is that your kite up there?'. Sure enough it was and I just thought maybe the wind blew it loose and maybe caught the string on something.

I walked toward the kite and as I got closer I saw a small boy about seven years old standing in a yard with the kite line tied to his fishing pole. As I got closer to him he yelled 'LOOK AT MY KITE, I FOUND IT IN A DITCH, LOOK AT MY KITE'. His eyes were lit up like the sun and he was absolutely right, IT WAS HIS KITE.

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Gotta Love Those Kids
by: Thom Moore

Gary, I have to applaud your tenderness towards this little boy. It is such a joy to see the eyes of children light up when they get to fly a kite. At several of our church functions, I have brought some of my kites and when the ol' minivan backs up and the hatch flies open, I am suddenly inundated with children wanting a kite of their own to fly.

And then as soon as they begin to cover the sky you can hear them say," See mine? It's the prettiest one up there!!" and then another say,"Yeah and mine is the highest one, see it??" It is so much fun to let them experience painting on God's canvas!

Loved your article.

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Finders keepers
by: Tim Parish

Top story Gary - particularly for those of us with small sons!

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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
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13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
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19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

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32-38 mph
28-33 knots
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