Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Go fly a kite April 15, 2014

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Sign in the window of Horsfall's Lansing (Iowa) Vareity. Photographed in July 2013.

Sign in the window of Horsfall’s Lansing (Iowa) Variety. Photographed in July 2013.

THERE ARE DAYS when I’d like to share exactly what’s on my mind. I’d spew: “Go fly a kite!”

And some days I’d like to fly a kite—to stand on the edge of a stubbled alfalfa field, ball of string gripped in one hand, kite in the other. I’d run like the wind (although I’ve always wondered how the wind runs) with kite held high until the breeze catches and carries her upward.

I’d stop then, plant my feet upon the earth, feel the tug of wind on cotton cord as the kite dips and soars high above me in frenzied flight.

Ah, to be so free and fearless, unencumbered by the weight of misspoken and unspoken words.

© Copyright 2014 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


15 Responses to “Go fly a kite”

  1. Dan Traun Says:

    Great sign; especially with the under-stated “we sell.” I can remember being a weee lad and flying a kite so high out in a field that I couldn’t reel it back in. I was in awe of how far up it was and then a bit sad that I wouldn’t get it back as the cord broke. I eventually found comfort in the fact that there would be more kites to be had – they would make more.

  2. Jackie Says:

    We always got a new kite for Easter, plenty of country to fly kites back when I was a child. We had to take our kids to the parks to fly kites…too many trees and houses around here.

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    Is there any other place like Horsfalls??? Anyhow…..kite flying in some parts is taken to a high level with gorgeous kites that are works of (Japanese) art!! On some of our treks to the East Coast we would see some flown along the beaches……..wide expanses of breezy geography……perfect!!! Delightful post (with a touch of nostalgia!!)….

  4. Grandmother Bev was great in making sure every grandkid had a kite on Easter and it did not matter if you were no longer a kid either – my husband received kites into his late-20’s – ha! I have not flown a kite in years. However, I am sure I have used something similar to “Go Fly A Kite” lately. Happy Tuesday:)

  5. hotlyspiced Says:

    I grew up in Wellington in NZ where it was a really windy city. We’d do a lot of kite flying. It always reminds me of Mary Poppins xx

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