I’ve just returned from a nine-day trip to our nation’s capital. It was a terrific mix of work and fun — but then again, when you write for kids, most of your work is fun! My weekend started out with the Blossom Kite Festival. While the weather was cold and rainy in the morning, the sun came out and the winds picked up, making it perfect for kite-flying. In between reading Francisco’s Kites to kids who came to the Jumpstart tent, I helped to judge the youth kite making competition. I learned more about the different designs of kites than I ever knew before. Some kids made a 6-sided kite known as rokoko kites, which flew beautifully!