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A Fun Suggestion

Updated on September 16, 2017
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Demas is the father of five and "Grampa" for 17 along with freelancing, editing, and publishing such books as his "Haiku American Style."

High As A Kite

If you are young enough

to remember flying a kite,

or watching a gas-filled balloon

rising into the sky and far away,

you are young enough to

once again watch one, or both,

doing so once again. Enjoy.

Steeple Chase

Up above the steeples the sky paints your canvas, and the wind doesn['t even have to blow!
Up above the steeples the sky paints your canvas, and the wind doesn['t even have to blow! | Source

Linking The Two

Can you recall a frustrating day when you wanted to fly a kite but the wind turned to a breeze and the kite with its tail just couldn't rise to the occasion?

There was a solution, but no one suggested it.

Can you recall watching folks launching one or more gas-filled balloons in honor of some occasion or other?

Perhaps you can recall losing your own gas-filled, helium balloon, and tearfully wishing you hadn't let go of the string.

Both have the same solution, namely a longer string attached to the balloon, and even a gas-filled balloon (or two or three, as needed) attached to a kite.

Why should flying a kite be limited to just "the right windy day"?

Why should anyone have to release a balloon, just to watch it drift away out of sight?

Longer string, with a loop around the wrist, allows the balloon(s) to rise majestically to any desired height, without sacrificing the balloon.

And the kite? It can have a balloon-assisted take off to where the winds might be more favorable, or even hang there high above to the consternation of other would be kite flyers whose kites are going nowhere.

Balloons and kites are great! A kited balloon, and a recoverable balloon? What could be better?

Your local dollar store has them, plus the Gyro Spinners, but you may have to shop elsewhere for your string.
Your local dollar store has them, plus the Gyro Spinners, but you may have to shop elsewhere for your string. | Source

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    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      23 months ago from sunny Florida

      So simply stated but clearly true. The simplest solutions are just a thought away arent they? Well said...happy kiting and ballooning to the child within. Angels are once again on the way ps

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear Schoolgirl for real,

      Just be that school girl you remember at her best, and you will surely live up to your pen name. D.

    • schoolgirlforreal profile image

      schoolgirlforreal 

      2 years ago

      It's nice to be reminded to be a kid again! Thanks, Demas.

      I'll be back again, to read more.

      I like your article.

      :)

      :)

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dear William and Dianna,

      Sharing fun and sharing sadness are two parts of what life is all about. Pity the person who thinks he or she can do just fine going through life without sharing. What joys and emotions they avoid.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      A friend of mine just released balloons on the anniversary of her son's passing. Each one had a message. It was just a way of celebrating his love and memory. Great poem.

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      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Excellent and interesting ideas, Demas. thanks for sharing them with us.

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      One great way to catch minnows is by putting bread crumbs in a clear glass "minnow jar". It is shaped with one funnel end, and when they have entered they look to get out but cannot seem to figure an exit path. We used the minnows to fish for lake trout (Togue) and landlocked salmon in Moosehead Lake (in Maine.) By the way, it is the largest fresh water lake contained solely within one state in the USA, and it can get really rough when there is a storm.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Maybe kind of funny but we dance all the time and we fly kites and we try to catch minnow but let them go when we do. Ice cream?

    • Perspycacious profile imageAUTHOR

      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Depending on the weight of the kite, or kite and tail, it may take several gas-filled balloons to achieve take off, and even a single balloon with string can likewise be limited in height by the weight of the string. Plan ahead, and adjust your day of flying accordingly.

      Avoid any nearby power lines, and make sure any children are heavy enough to stay on the ground!

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