Kites And My Favorite Photos Of Summer

My favorite pictures from the summer are of kites and my children.

I only cropped it a bit because I love the layout and the dull colors compared to the awe and height.
The colors of the day shifted a lot with the early morning clouds and I tried to let this picture reflect the changes. Plus, I love how the kite seems like an after thought.
I had to do at least one black and white. I like how the sand and the beach and my son are nearly indistinguishable.
Okay so I couldn’t resist black and white twice, but I don’t like how lonely my son looks.
I feel like there’s a bittersweetness to this photograph and I messed with the colors until I found it.
Like the first photo, I didn’t want to alter the colors at all. I just cropped for better juxtaposition and edited out a small figure way in the background.

As I walked around the beach with my iPhone, I marveled at how hopefully a kite seems as if a lightening rod for joy and laughter and family.

But as the ever-over-thinker, I kept wondering why. Why am I so smitten with kites? Why did I want to skip and run and clap my hands at my children maneuvering the string? I have no strong childhood memories of kites bringing the world, family or friends together?

Suddenly, it dawned on me. Mary Poppins.

I probably watched the movie once a month during my formative childhood years between television showings and renting it from the library.


{the song is from memory so the lyrics may be completely wrong}

The scene where the family comes together and fun and perspective and kites are had by all and although the moment is sad as Mary Poppins can now leave the family, she reminds us that family is more important than proper goodbyes.

Am I really this media-afflicted? A sweet moment with my children is a byproduct of watching a Disney movie? Or was the movie merely playing off what kites do to all of us? Am I that obvious? Everyone loves a kite since 1964?

Another family did gather to watch us and the children clapped and gazed long after a usual attention would have passed. I don’t know, but the kite even let me pretend to be a photographer for an entire blog post so perhaps there’s a bit of magic after all.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

8 thoughts to “Kites And My Favorite Photos Of Summer”

  1. Did you use your iPhone for the pics or did you use a regular camera? Regardless, the pictures are great.

    Mary Poppins is one of my all time favorite movies! We watch it pretty regularly at our house… even the kids enjoy it.

  2. Kites are magic. They are lifted by the invisible. They tug and pull to go ever higher.

    (Not unlike what I hope for my girls.)

    Gorgeous pictures.

  3. I don’t think I ever flew a kite as a child, but I did watch Mary Poppins (surprisingly – one of the few classic childhood movies I’ve seen), and your photos definitely show how magical kites can be!

  4. You are not alone, friend. As soon as I saw the first shot, that same song popped into my head. I associate it with joy and family togetherness as well as melancholy, since Mary leaves in the same scene. Lovely photos. I think it’s a great way to remember your summer.

  5. I love kites too. I guess it’s because they are kind of amazing…they fly! When I was a kid and could get my kite to fly I felt like a rocket scientist too, so there is that. Mary P. rules.

    My favorite it is the second picture. There is something about the color, your daughters dress, the kite, and the distance between the two figures. I keep wanting to write a story into the scene.

  6. Those are some great pictures; I love that you played with the color a little. I enjoy fussing with the Pic Monkey filters; I feel like they make me look like a much better photographer than I am!

  7. Precious and very memorable pictures. My favorite is the 6th one where N is looking down at the kite string/handle with the kite up flying. I too have an odd affinity for kites. I feel like they represent life so well. Such a struggle and toil to get them to fly sometimes, but when they do the hard work pays off and it’s such a beautiful reward. They are magnetic to watch. Especially at the beach. Great family memories!

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