My father handed me the book "Something Wicked This Way Comes" when I was 9 yrs. old. It changed my life. I read every book he wrote and went on to become a prolific reader and got my degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri. I've been told I'm an excellent writer and I give credit to Bradbury because I read one of the best writers there is when I was at the age of being influenced. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. I looked him up online in relation to the Mars Curiosity landing only to see he had recently left us. I mourn him like a father.
The best. Glad you kept writing.
When I read Chain's post, I was touched by the image of a young child being read to by a loving parent. Though now both teens, we still read aloud to our boys. To this day I still enjoy entering our village library, walking past the children's section, and witnessing a parent sitting on the floor with opened book on lap and wide-eyed child captured by the moments! (Sadly, Peter and Wendy of Veldtown may now be the culture's dominant tendency.)
Though I suppose I may never hear, I always hoped, while offering RB tales over the years, this spark of which C of R writes would rest in the kindling of some youthful heart, waiting for just the right breeze to eventually come along.
Ironically, I had two professor in college during my initial years of studies (originally not in literature or education) who did the same for me. I was able to speak with both of them in recent years to inform them of their influences on my life's direction. Then, to have been honored by Mr. Bradbury's personal touch! All things have a reason...
(I spoke of Mr. B.'s contacts with us via our studies and both were pleased immensely!)
And there is this!!!!
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