Today was a good day. For me, it is the best way to spend a holiday weekend. I was able to lay sod in the backyard. I have no business laying sod or doing anything remotely connected to gardening, but every year I feel compelled to take on some outdoor project. My wife then arranged for us to meet another family at Montrose hill in Chicago. I don’t know if you can really call it a hill, since this is the Midwest, but we have used it as a hill every year since the kids were born. We’ve run up the hill, gone sledding down the hill, had picnics on the hill, and simply rolled down the hill. Today, we flew kites.
For me, it is hard to get excited about flying kites and having a picnic. And yet, once we are there, it is hard to get the kite away from me. I love that feeling of watching the kite take flight and soar to the sky. J had a simple Elmo kite that immediately raced for the sun and didn’t come down till we left. Ry had a fancier dragon kite, with long plastic tails. As our friend said, it was designed by an artist and not an engineer. I was determined to get this kite in the air before we left. After eating, playing soccer, and discussing Hillary vs Obama stuff, I got that dragon up on its own.