I never remembered flying a kite when I was a child. MIL told me R did when they were in Bicol. I asked him about it but he said it was not the real tugatog ng paglipad moment. It was more of "run, little R, run" than the kite flying with colors. So when we scheduled this provincial tour, I made a mental note that my sweet girl should fly a kite. I want her to experience those little things that can really make a great impact to her childhood. As much as I want to shield her from the harmful UV rays of haring araw, it would cause such trouble to explain to her the importance of sunblock. Buti na lang kikay siya - she personally asked for her pink shades and has automatically looked for where there is a shaded area. Thank heavens the weather cooperated. It was definitely a perfect day for flying a kite!
My husband is not the jack-of-all-trades kind of guy, neither a handy daddy. Never siyang nagpasikat sa akin na lalaki siya. Hindi siya nagsisibak ng kahoy, nag-iigib ng tubig, hindi niya sinungkit ang buwan at bituin para sa akin at lalong hindi siya nangongolekta ng kotse, motorsiklo or rubber shoes para mapatunayang lalaki siya. Kaya hindi na ako nagtaka na hindi siya marunong gumawa ng saranggola.
But because he's currently the father of around 200+ military men, he asked his troops to make his princess a kite. And the troops did. They even made one for themselves. Nakakatuwa!
We were sleeping pa when I heard happy howling wolves. Yun pala, nagpapalipad ng saranggola. Simple pleasures. Astig yun. Deserve nga nun ang slow clap eh. To think na naka half-mast ang flag ngayon kasi may isang tropa na pumanaw. Parang symbolic na din.
Sophia's first kite-flying attempt was an epic failure. But her smile and pagkandirit sa ligaya proved that wrong.
A few minutes after the attack of the strong wind was the time she decided to go outside and fly it. Meaning, wala ng hangin. Nagpahinga na. So tinakbo takbo niya pa din at feel na feel niya. I can't explain how happy I was for my little girl. Kitang-kita ko sa mga intsik niyang mata ang kaligayahan.
The next day, wala pang hila-hilamos at nakapantulog pa, nagpalipad kaming muli habang bonggang-bongga ang hangin. That was the first time I ever saw a real kite in my face na lumilipad. Yung nasa bakuran talaga namin nanggagaling at hindi sa kapitbahay. Ang gandaaaaaaa! Ang babaw ko ba, pero as in super happy ako. Lalo na when I saw Sophia actually flying it! Feel na feel ko din ang pagiging photographer kasi ang husay ng kulay ng kalangitan! Kahit etong pink laptop pa din ang madalas kong kaharap at ang single-burner stove ni Rhambo eh at least we had one mission accomplished in this 2-part provincial tour.