By Ray Bradbury
The summer time of '28 was once a classic season for a becoming boy. A summer time of eco-friendly apple bushes, mowed lawns, and new shoes. Of half-burnt firecrackers, of amassing 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 season within the lifetime of a twelve-year-old boy named Douglas Spaulding—remembered endlessly through the incomparable Ray Bradbury.
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Well, he felt sorry for boys who lived in California where they wore tennis shoes all year and never knew what it was to get winter off your feet, peel off the iron leather shoes all full of snow and rain and run barefoot for a day and then lace on the first new tennis shoes of the season, which was better than barefoot. The magic was always in the new pair of shoes. The magic might die by the first of September, but now in late June there was still plenty of magic, and shoes like these could jump you over trees and rivers and houses.
But not sneakers, sir! ” Page 52 Mr. Sanderson backed off a little distance from the boy‟s fever, one hand to his chin. ” “Mr. ” said the old man. ” The old man sighed. A minute later, seated panting quietly, he laced the tennis shoes to his long narrow feet. They looked detached and alien down there next to the dark cuffs of his business suit. Mr. Sanderson stood up. ” asked the boy. ” He started to sit down. ” Douglas held out his hand. “Mr. Sanderson, now could you kind of rock back and forth a little, sponge around, bounce kind of, while I tell you the rest?
Whatever you want, he thought, you got to make your own way. During the night now, let‟s find that path through the forest.... Downtown, the store lights went out, one by one. 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.