The Tale of a Kite
The Tail of a Kite

by Neil Stewart


  Ted Johnson ran down stairs Saturday morning to quickly eat his breakfast so that he and his friend Tom Parker could go early to the park to fly Ted's kite. This is something that Ted and Tom had been looking forward to all week. Tom arrived before Ted finished his breakfast. Tom was surprised. "I thought you would be ready to leave as soon as I came over!"

  Ted replied, "I bet you came over without having any breakfast."

  Tom took off his coat, hung it over the back of a chair and sat down at the table. "Well, no I haven't."

  Ted had now finished his breakfast. "Since you are sitting down, have some cereal while I tie the tail to the back tip of the kite."

  Soon Tom had emptied his bowl of cereal and they put on their coats and walked out the door. Ted was carrying the kite and Tom had the ball of string in his pocket, and in his hand a reel to wind the string on.

  Ted wanted to get to the park quickly. "Why don't we cross Mister Green's side yard so we don't have to go all away around the block?"

  Tom looked around and saw no one coming. "I usually go around the block but now is our chance to cut through." They crossed into the yard and walked through the end of Mister Green's garden.

  Just then Mister Green stepped out his back door and saw two boys walking through his garden. "Go back! Go back! You are walking where I have planted my beans!"

  Ted saw Mister Green waving his hands. "Hurry Tom, back to the sidewalk before he catches up with us! He looks mad! "

  Tom followed Ted up the street. "You and your big ideas. Hurry up you are running too slow!" After a few seconds Tom looked over his shoulder. "He is not following us so I guess we can slow down."

  Ted slowed down to a walk. "I guess we will be taking the long way around the next time."

  Tom was panting. "You can count on it!"

  They arrived at the park and went to an area that had no trees.

  "Tom, lightly hold the kite at the bottom and tip the top towards me." Ted unraveled the string about twenty feet. "Get ready to let the kite slip from your fingers! Okay here we go!" Ted started to run and the kite began to rise into the air. It spiraled around coming closer and closer to the ground and then bounced along the grass.

  Mister Green was walking past the park on his way to the barber shop. He stopped when he saw the two boys and watched them try to fly the kite. The boys took turns, but they could not get the kite up into the air. This brought back memories to Mister Green when he was young and flew kites.

  Ted glanced over to the road. "Look Tom, there's Mister Green! Do you think we should make ourselves scarce?"

  "No," said Tom, "we are not on his property now. Besides, he appears to be smiling at us."

  Mister Green approached the boys. "I think your problem is that you don't have enough tail on the kite."

  Tom looked at Ted. "Did you bring any extra cloth with you?"

  "No I didn't. I never gave it a thought"

  Mister Green was wearing an old worn tie that he kept covered with a sweater so the small rip in the tie could not be seen. He took off the tie and handed it to Ted. "Here take this and tie it onto the tail."

  Tom stood there with his eyes wide open as Ted accepted the tie. "You don't have to do this Mister Green. I can run back home and get some strips of cloth."

  Mister Green smiled. "It's quite alright. The tie is frayed and is older than both your ages added together!"

  "Thanks Mister Green." said Ted. "We will give it a try." The boys tied the tie to the tail. Ted held the tail end of the kite and Tom ran as fast as he could. The kite rose into the air and stayed up. Mister Green remained awhile to make sure the kite flew and then prepared to leave. "By the way boys, it is alright to cut through my property as long as you stick to the path by the house. I just didn't want you to cut through the garden because I have seeds planted there."

  "Thank you for letting us go through that way." Tom grinned. "We will stay out of your garden."

  Ted pointed to the kite in the sky. "Thanks for your tie Mister Green. It certainly made a difference."

  Mister Green waved to the boys and started to walk away. "Glad I could help. Well, I am on my way to the barbers. Have a good day with your kite."

  Both boys waved and replied. "Thanks again. Good bye."

  Tom looked at Ted after Mister Green left. "Gee, I guess Mister Green is a terrific guy after all!"

  Tom replied, "He certainly is. He sure had the answer to our kite problem!"

© Neil Stewart 2001

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Posted March 14 2001          
Last Modified March 27 2001