Our son Samuel has taken a real liking to his latest toy, a remote controlled dragonfly made by Flytech. He became enamored with it when a neighbor friend got one as a Hanukkah present, and used his own money to buy one for himself.

I didn’t know such things existed. The styrofoam bug flies via four filmy wings that flap quickly enough to keep the toy airborne, while a tiny propeller on the back helps it turn.

Samuel invited me out this morning to watch him fly the electronic critter. I offered to take pictures, and he suggested I might get a blog out of it, so here we are.

We discovered that the fragile toy is no match for even a gentle breeze, at least when it comes to making it go in the direction you like. As Samuel tried to get the dragonfly airborne and in front of the camera, it turned around and dive-bombed him.

Since the toy has to be light, the built-in battery is tiny, and lasts for only six or seven minutes before it needs recharging for 20 minutes. That ensures, if nothing else, that children won’t get bored from playing with it for long stretches of time.

The dragonfly battery is recharged from the six AA batteries that also operate the controller and burn out fairly quickly, which should be good news for Eveready and Duracell. Samuel’s toy may be up and down, but battery stocks should be flying high.

I couldn’t help but ponder the evangelistic fervor with which Dragonfly madness swept out neighborhood. The toys have been available for some time, but no one around here had one. Then Jake got one as a Hanukkah gift, and had so much fun that Samuel came under the conviction that he must have one, too. Only one day passed before Jordan, whose grandmother lives across the street, sought to be saved from his lack of a dragonfly, and his wish was soon granted.

The best kind of evangelism doesn’t come from a pamphlet, a program, or a guilt trip. When faith is genuine, vibrant, and attractive, however, our witness takes wing.

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