So it’s a windy weekend in the Yakima Valley. Not a big fan of wind, but will deal with it. Was in my backyard earlier and randomly thought, “Why don’t people fly kites anymore?”

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Come to think of it, when was the last time I saw someone fly one? I can’t remember.

For the uninitiated, kites are fabric spread across a plastic or wooden frame / skeleton with a ball or spindle of string. The idea is let the kite “float” in the wind while holding the string.

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I am trying to figure out why we don’t do it anymore. I can see why some don't. Especially kids. I am sure the most popular video game known as 'Fortnite' is a more appealing way to spend your time than flying a kite. I mean, given the choice between the two, honestly, I too would probably choose Fortnite.

I have asked a few people and a common theme keeps coming up – kids are more interested in the digital world, than the actual world. I mean, can you blame them? I mean, have you met 2020?

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The digital world is a great escape. You can be a superhero, you can fly, cast spells, shoot big guns, go fast, drive exotic cars, play the world famous Pebble Beach – all from the comfort of your living room. You don’t have to go outside. In fact, you can see outside, without going outside, on your device. It’s an agoraphobics dream.

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We are becoming more aware of the dangers of the digital world. I observe kids who are really good at video games and think that is an accomplishment – which seems to bend the very definition of accomplishment. I often wonder what the future looks like for them. But can flying a kite harm them?

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So, it’s a windy weekend. I dare you to head to Wal-Mart, buy a kite and drag that kid in your life outside and fly a kite.

 

All My Best,

The JimShow