March is one of those strange months that are more about transitions than about a particular event or season. But that doesn’t mean the month should fly by without a little adventure. What is your favorite activity to do in March?
When the twins were born, we started a new March tradition – the Henrico County Kite Festival. We’ve done it every year, but this year – it was extremely cold and rain last weekend when the festival took place.
It seemed like the festival came early this year, probably because Easter is early this year. But I digress.
The festival is a great family affair. You go to this park in the county and everyone is out there with their kites. You can see all the kites in the sky as you approach the park. Kites of every shape and size soaring through the air. It’s beautiful.
We always pack a lunch, meet some other friends and make a day out of it. We might fly our kites for a bit, sit and watch the other kites for a while, have a snack or play some ball. We always bring a few other activities for the kids. And the Parks and Rec Department always has a few activities for the kids too.
Last year, for the first time, the kids really got into the kites. They helped daddy put them together. Sure the process would have quicker without their help, but it was cool that they took such an interest.
Then they wanted to hold the reel that releases the string. They didn’t quite understand what they were doing and often crashed the kite with their efforts. Still it was fun to enjoy a “family” event in the fresh air.
I felt a little like the family at the end of Mary Poppins (I promise not to strut around with a sash chanting about women’s right to vote). They had finally found time for each other and were truly enjoying each other’s company. “Let’s go fly a kite . . .”
Since we missed the festival this year, I think we will have to take the kids out another day later this month or early in April. April would be good since it’s National Kite Flying Month.
I’ve never really been good at flying a kite. But I’ve never had so much fun trying as with my kids helping. When was the last time you flew a kite?