“Let’s Go Fly a Kite” is more than a song title
By: Keith Kappes
Carter County Times
Are you worried that too many kids today are concerned about portable electronics and don’t know how to play outdoors?
I, too, shared these feelings until a recent seaside visit with my grandchildren. One of my grandsons was captivated watching several kites fly over the beach.
Soon after, thanks to an observant and generous uncle, he was flying his own kite and having a great time.
His enthusiasm caught my attention and I attempted to wield the kite with the skull and crossbones flying nearly 400 feet above the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Watching the kites soar and dance against the blue sky reminded me of that cheerful song, “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” from Walt Disney’s “Mary Poppins”.
Meanwhile, back at the beach, quietly using my cell phone to find the original song online, I started to sing along with these happy and catchy lyrics:
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let’s go fly a kite and send it high
Through the atmosphere
Up there where the air is clear
Oh, let’s go fly a kite.
Richard and Robert Sherman wrote the film’s ending song where the main character played by David Tomlinson, a bank teller, realizes that his family is more important than his job.
He repairs his son’s kite and takes his family on a kite trip. The song is sung by him, Dick Van Dyke, and a choir.
When you send her flying up there
Suddenly you’re lighter than air
You can dance with the breeze on the houses and the trees
With your fist clenched against the string of your kite
I hissed, hummed, and tried to sing this tune for the rest of our vacation, cherishing the simple but deep truth about the joys of sharing the simple pleasures of life with those we love.
Keith Kappes can be contacted at [email protected]