"After [church] services," he writes, "whooping kids fill the red-dirt churchyard and fly kites. Sometimes they attach razor blades to the sides of the kites and in a war of all against all try to cut each other's strings."
I remember my father telling me that, as a child on Ocracoke, he and his friends would attach sharp tin can lids to their kites, and have contests to see who could cut down the other kites.
|Ocracoke Handmade Paper Kite|
I don't know where it started, but I have learned that "kite wars" are traditional pastimes in India, Korea, and elsewhere in the United States, as well as in Brazil and Ocracoke.
Our most recent Ocracoke Newsletter is a compilation of humorous stories told by or about islanders. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092113.htm.