The festival has a contest to take a “playbook” of sorts around to all of the kite artists performing that day and have them sign their name and bio. Since there wasn’t alot of kite action – we got to have long chats with the fliers.
One family we met – Amy and her son Connor Doran– lived(s) is Bend, Oregon. Since we have just moved over from Bend we felt a connection. He was/is a student at Mountain View – which was really near our home.
The following winter – we got to see them again at the Indoor Kite Festival. It was an amazing show – and the boys ran up to Connor at this point like he was a rock star.
Then, this week – we were watching the America’s Got Talent Portland, Oregon edition – and Connor was on! The boys started screaming – I was on the edge of my seat. What would the crowd do? Indoor Kit Flying is a silent non moving event for the crowd. There can be little movement or noise for the instrument of the kite to fly properly. Oh – My- Joy. He captivated the audience. We felt like we were watching our own friend on stage. I had tears watching his mom Amy from the side lines.
The next morning, wakeful and prayerful – I thought of his mom. Who, actually is the most amazing kite flyer ever – watching her son, have his moment of time in the spotlight. She could have been the one. He will have plenty of chances to shine – it could have been her. I cried a little more. Most be hormonal. I talked to her about it today, and she said it must have brought on a hormonal moment for alot of people because she has heard my story many times this week. 🙂
Here are our pics: