Ray Bradbury “Dandelion Wine”

When it’s a rainy autumn or a cold winter outdoor, we always want warm and sunny summer. To dispel boredom you should read the story “Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury. It’s a novel about fabulous warm summer of 1928, which was filled with great adventures and emotions for the main character of Douglas Spaulding.

In this book, author introduces us the Green Town, home to 26,349 people – young and old, sad and funny, ordinary and even a bit bizarre. And in each of them we find a little of ourselves and learn something from them.

For example, the fact that “little savors and little things count more than big ones” and you should enjoy every little things, because in sum they make us really happy. As the Douglas’ grandfather says:

“I know, you’re after the broad effect now, I suppose that’s fit and proper. But you got to look at grapes as well as watermelons… Right now such things are bothersome to you, and I wonder if it isn’t because you never learned to use them.”

Though we hasten to get “all at once”, we don’t pay much attention to the little things in our life and, unfortunately, skip a lot of them.

“A walk on a spring morning is better than an eighty-mile ride in a hopped-up car, you know why? Because it’s full of flavors, full of a lot of things growing. You’ve time to seek and find.”

In fact, something pleasant can be found even in the usual routine cases – “cutting grass and pulling weeds can be a way of life”.

Our life consists of certain rituals – some occasionally repetitive actions. Each of us has own rituals. Douglas also has some summer rituals:

“Yes, summer was rituals, each with its natural time and place. The ritual of lemonade or ice-tea making, the ritual of wine, shoes, or no shoes, and at last, swiftly following the others, with quiet dignity, the ritual of the front-porch swing.”

Perhaps Douglas seems young and a bit naïve, but he thinks as adult. He believes we need to be thankful for good things people have done for us, and do something good in return, not only for our family members but even for strangers:

“How do I thank Mr. Jonas, he wondered, for what he’s done? How do I thank him, how pay him back? No way, no way at all. You just can’t pay What then? What? Pass it on somehow, he thought, pass it on to someone else. Keep the chain moving. Look around, find someone, and pass it on. That was the only way . . “

If this book will not help you beat boredom after all funny moments in it, listen to the advice of 10-year-old Tom Spaulding, “doctor of medicine”:

“A good night sleep, or a ten minute bawl, or a pint of chocolate ice cream, or all three together, is good medicine.”

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