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.

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?

Getty Images / Fortnite on Nintendo Switch

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.

Getty Images / Fortnite on PC Platform

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?

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