OK, I'll admit it. Sometimes I can be a lazy parent. There are just some things that, when the kids ask, I picture how energy-zapping they are going to be and I say, "Maybe some time." (which is, of course, code word for never). Taking them to fly kites has been one of those things....
Insert Ruby's kindergarten teacher. Let me start by saying that Ruby has the best teacher on the planet. Seriously! Every month she sends home a homework calendar with the whole month's homework on it, which I totally love! Most of the ideas are academic, but some of them are things that I would call "citizenship" things, like setting the table or cleaning your room (I told you she was the greatest teacher ever!).
And then, April's must anticipated calendar comes home and one of the items is to fly a kite. And we have to do it. It's homework! (Have I mentioned I was a teacher in my former life? Yea, I can get a little it's-the-end-of-the-world-if-you-don't-do-it about homework.)
So, what would any "good" mother do? I bought her a kite. For Easter. And took her to fly it that afternoon. Let me just say, Ruby is a pretty happy girl, but I can not remember the last time I saw her that happy! And all I had to do was sit and remind her not to get it tangled in the power lines (and take like 45 pictures!).
It was SO much fun! I got Mom of the Year award. I think I love kites!