Slim Randles' Home Country
What dreams will dance now?
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[February 27, 2016]
Pincus looked out the front window at her husband, Marvin, and
smiled. No matter how old he gets, she thought, heíll always be the
boy I remember, riding his bicycle through this town so many years
Marvin had stopped picking out the nutgrass and was watching a
small group of children across the street in the park. Two of them
had kites, and the brisk wind of morning had them both up as high as
string would allow. Soon, Marvin had ambled across the street and
was standing behind the children, watching the taut dip in the
string and listening to the rattle of the tight paper.
The first time Marvin Pincus flew a kite in this park, airplanes
didnít go very far or very fast. The other side of the moon was a
mystery in those days, and no one really thought man would ever go
there and back. Not really.
And here these kids are, flying their kites the very same way, with
the very same rag tails, and looking up at the earth-tied fliers
climbing with the gusts and settling with the relaxation of the
Marjorie watched from across the street as the Herrera boy walked
over to Marvin, whispering something as Marvin leaned down to hear,
and then handed the stick with the kite string tied to it to the old
man. His face beamed as he controlled flight once again. The kids
smiled, too, probably not realizing kite flying was the same when
Mr. Pincus was a kid, too.
But what about the dreams? Marjorie thought about this. What goes
through the minds of todayís kite fliers who know what the surface
of Mars looks like, who know what the far side of the moon looks
like, who know there are human beings in a space station, living up
there, right now? What will their dreams be as the kites dance?
What dreams will dance now as they stand there and hold the miracle
of flight in their fingers?
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Ol' Jimmy Dollar
is Slim Randles' first children's book. The book is for kids
K-3rd grades and is even better when parents read it with children.
Ol' Jimmy Dollar makes for sweet dreams and if you have a dog
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