Wednesday, April 13, 2011
AN INVENTIVE MIND .... AERODYNAMICS WITH A "K"
Hello all. Today we are at the letter "K" in the A-Z challenge. I must admit this is quite the challenge. Creating flash fiction with a riddle twist seems to get harder each passing day. But for today's post I felt a twang of nostalgia coming on me and I wished to portray a simpler time. I hope you enjoy today's post.
On the first day of summer, I slid down the bannister almost crashing into Mother’s hall table. She came into the foyer with her brow furrowed. She preached about my behavior and the lack of shine on my shoes.
“Mother, I am only across to the park to play. Do I need shiny shoes for that?”
She smiled as I pulled open the glass-paned door and raced down the front stoop. With the sounds of construction all around me, I wondered how may more homes would be built on Steiner.
Father was one of the first to buy ours. He’s a lawyer you know. The builder, Mr. Kavanagh, lives on the corner at Grove st. He sure is busy. Are they putting fish scales on that house? Odd, but pretty though. So much activity all around Alamo square. The 1890’s are truly grand.
I should see if Kevin Kavanagh wants to play ball with me.
I raced down Steiner to the biggest house on the block; it’s nearly twice as wide as ours. I rushed up the stairs and knocked on he heavy wooden door.
Mrs. Kavanagh greeted me and invited me into the foyer.
“I was hoping Kevin might play some ball with me.”
“His father gave him something wonderful that Kevin is building. Perhaps he may need your help? Why not go up to his room, dear.”
I thanked her and rushed up the stairs, knocking on Kevin’s door the moment I got there.
“Come on in.”
Kevin grinned as I entered. “Look what my father gave me.”
He showed me this large thing made of bright color paper attached to wood strips. “What is that?” I asked.
“It is called a box kite. Father’s friend, Lawrence Hargrove from Sydney Australia, invented it for aviation experiments. Father asked if he would send one to me. It arrived yesterday.”
“That’s a real kite? It can fly?”
“Yes. Shall we go to the park and I will show you.”