She loved things that flew

Akilah loved anything that flew or floated through the air. She loved birds and bugs with wings. She loved dandelion seeds and leaves picked up by the wind. A silk scarf, a steamer, a paper kite wafted on a run could occupy her for hours. She watched the clouds so much, her family accused her of dreaming. But she wasn’t dreaming; she was thinking about air, how it has substance but doesn’t block the light, how we pass through it without noticing it, and how when it blows it can pull a ship across the sea.