By Ray Bradbury
The summer season of '28 was once a classic season for a becoming boy. A summer season of eco-friendly apple bushes, mowed lawns, and new shoes. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of accumulating dandelions, of Grandma's belly-busting dinner. It used to be a summer season of sorrows and marvels and gold-fuzzed bees. a mystical, undying summer time within the lifetime of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding—remembered endlessly through the incomparable Ray Bradbury.
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A wind blew in the window. It was like a river going downstream and his feet wanting to go with it. In his dreams he heard a rabbit running running running in the deep warm grass. Old Mr. Sanderson moved through his shoe store as the proprietor of a pet shop must move through his shop where are kenneled animals from everywhere in the world, touching each one briefly along the way. Mr. Sanderson brushed his hands over the shoes in the window, and some of them were like cats to him and some were like dogs; he touched each pair with concern, adjusting laces, fixing tongues.
Now discovering this rare timepiece, this clock gold-bright and guaranteed to run threescore and ten, left under a tree and found while wrestling. ” Page 33 Douglas yelled, grabbed Tom, and rolled. ” They spilled downhill, the sun in their mouths, in their eyes like shattered lemon glass, gasping like trout thrown out on a bank, laughing till they cried. ” Douglas, eyes shut, saw spotted leopards pad in the dark. ” Then quieter. “Tom ... does everyone in the world ... ” “Sure. ” Page 34 The leopards trotted soundlessly off through darker lands where eyeballs could not turn to follow.
Mr. Sanderson stood in the sun-blazed door, listening. From a long time ago, when he dreamed as a boy, he remembered the sound. Beautiful creatures leaping under the sky, gone through brush, under trees, away, and only the soft echo of their running left behind. “Antelopes,” said Mr. Sanderson. ” He bent to pick up the boy‟s abandoned winter shoes, heavy with forgotten rains and long-melted snows. Moving out of the blazing sun, walking softly, lightly, slowly, he headed back toward civilization....
Dandelion Wine (Earthlight) by Ray Bradbury