Today Phil and I went to the annual kite festival with our little friend, Ella. The kids were given their own kites to color, and then fly. Then they got their faces painted and had a hayride. There was also large kite stunt flying, and it was beautiful weather for it all. Then back to Ella’s house for shade and popsicles. Kites have been around for nearly 3,000 years. They apparently were invented in ancient China, and made out of bamboo and silk. I wonder if they had kites in Palestine during Jesus’ time? Maybe they were just confined to China. Back then, in the Holy Land, they played with marbles, leather balls, and slings and stones. They were also fond of juggling and hopscotch. When you think of Jesus playing as a boy, what do you imagine he played with? I kind of always thought he’d play with toy tools. Girls had doll houses and miniature cooking pots, so why couldn’t boys have had toy tools? I can only picture Jesus as a serious child, but it’s nice to think that He had a joyful childhood, full of laughter and kid stuff. It is a beautiful image, though, to think of Him racing with the wind with a kite high overhead.