By Ray Bradbury
The summer season of '28 was once a classic season for a growing to be boy. A summer season of eco-friendly apple timber, 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 paranormal, undying summer time within the lifetime of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding—remembered perpetually by means of the incomparable Ray Bradbury.
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Since this was going to be a summer of unguessed wonders, he wanted it all salvaged and labeled so that any time he wished, he might tiptoe down in this dank twilight and reach up his fingertips. And there, row upon row, with the soft gleam of flowers opened at morning, with the light of this June sun glowing through a faint skin of dust, would stand the dandelion wine. Peer through it at the wintry day—the snow melted to grass, the trees were reinhabitated with bird, leaf, and blossoms like a continent of butterflies breathing on the wind.
The old man held out his list. “A dozen things you got to do for me this afternoon. ” “Thanks, Mr. ” Douglas bounded away. ” cried the old man. Douglas pulled up and turned. Mr. Sanderson leaned forward. ” The boy looked down at his feet deep in the rivers, in the fields of wheat, in the wind that already was rushing him out of the town. He looked up at the old Page 56 man, his eyes burning, his mouth moving, but no sound came out. ” said the old man, looking from the boy‟s face to his shoes. ” The boy thought about it, hesitated, and nodded a quick nod.
His breath raked over his teeth, going in ice, coming out fire. Insects shocked the air with electric clearness. Ten thousand individual hairs grew a millionth of an inch on his head. He heard the twin hearts beating in each ear, the third heart beating in his throat, the two hearts throbbing his wrists, the real heart pounding his chest. The million pores on his body opened. I‟m really alive! he thought. I never knew it before, or if I did I don‟t remember! He yelled it loud but silent, a dozen times!