(This story is actually from back in the fall – the last time Uncle Zach visited)
I’m constantly reminded how blessed we were to be able to end up in this specific neighborhood. The other day the Gremlin received his first kite, courtesy of his Uncle Zach. We traveled up to the largest open area I could think of – “Dragon Park” up the street – and began to set it up. The kite happened to be in the shape of Darth Vader’s head, and the Gremlin was extremely excited to see people’s reaction to the kite actually lifting off.
“I think they’ll see Darth Vader, think he’s coming, be scared and run away!”
The kite lifted up in the brisk wind and several children and adults watched and enjoyed it. The Gremlin took several turns, and was running back and forth every time the kite would dip down, when the inevitable happened. The kite took a cross-breeze and went straight into the tree. The wail went up like a siren, the Gremlin was now distraught.
We headed over to take a look, and the kite was definitely enmeshed between several branches. After taking a look for a few minutes, we decided to head home and see if our neighbors had a ladder. We had just left the gate when we were approached by a man with his children in tow.
“Do you need some help?” The Gremlin looked up at him.
“Yeah! It’s stuck! Can you get it down?” The man smiled knowingly and went to his truck across the street where he pulled out two sets of pool-cleaning supplies – the kind with the extra-extendible handles. He was heading over when another woman emerged from her house.
“Oh, let me help!” She pulled out a small folding ladder and was bringing it over when the garage door opened from the house across the street and another family brought out a huge extending ladder.
With half the block out to help, the kite was quickly extracted from the tree and given back to the Gremlin, who thanked everybody while hugging Darth Vader’s head.
Favorite Toy of the Week: Darth Vader Kite