Although the practice of flying kites is uncommon, it is still an activity that passes generations
Historically, one of the favorite pastimes of children in Campo Grande, as well as playing football, has always been flying kites. With the advancement of technology, the practice of putting kites in the air has been somewhat forgotten by the current generation. But even so, especially on Children’s Day, celebrated today, October 12, it is possible to find adults on the streets teaching the little ones the game so practiced years ago.
In the Nova Campo Grande neighborhood, the physical education teacher, Thiago Mendes, 36 years old, taught his nephew Henrique Gabriel, only 4 years old, how to fly kites “in the root fashion”, that is, outdoors, the way he always was.
“We encourage him to play a lot. Get out of the cell phone, the television. Make him stay out of the living room as well. I took advantage of the fact that he won the kite at the kindergarten and I’m trying to teach. I wasn’t much of a kite player, but it’s a way of getting in touch. Super cool to rescue these old games. I think it’s important to take him off the screen and have less access to these things”, highlights the professor.
Jenailson Teles dos santos, 34, from Pernambuco, who moved to Campo Grande 12 years ago, did not have the habit of flying a kite as a child, in his native land. But in Mato Grosso do Sul, he was influenced to put the kite in the sky and teach his son, 5-year-old Kauã Gabriel Rocha.
“I didn’t fly a kite when I was a kid. He learned to like it with his uncle, he sees the kids letting go and it’s new for him. He already had many kites, these days he released one and left. It’s important to distract a little, get off the television and cell phone. Always good to encourage your kids to stay away from technology. They like it a lot”, points out Jeanilson.
The lack of interest in games is felt in the trade, which used to make money from the sale of kites, lines, tails and other items to ensure fun. “Last year it sold a lot, the demand was very high, the weekend was full of people looking for products, even adults wanted it. Until last year we made replacements for the children’s day, but this year I realized that not much would come out then I didn’t even make a point of taking it”, laments 29-year-old businesswoman Dayane Delmondes.
If you like flying kites and want to take advantage of Children’s Day to rescue this old habit rooted in children’s culture, remember to avoid crowds, keep your distance and not use wax or sharp lines, as they are not only dangerous in the Capital.