Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Dear Mr. Bradbury,
Even though you are no longer here, I wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday. You would have been 92 today and I think I speak for many when I say that you will always be with us. Your books and stories have left an impression on our entire culture, perhaps our entire era. I mean you won the National Medal of Arts Award in 2004!
I remember growing up and seeing one of your books in my dad's hands quite often. He was the person who introduced you to me. He loved your Sci-Fi stories and I loved your spooky ones. Remember when I first saw the movie version of The Halloween Tree? It was like I had entered a dream, it spoke to me and reinforced my love of Halloween. I hope to plant my own Halloween tree one day.
The book I remember the most is Homecoming, the one about the human boy in a family of vampires who are all coming home for a special event. I remember certain things about the story, but I mostly remember the way it made me feel. You are an icon Mr. Bradbury, a national treasure and even though you will no longer be writing, I am confident that your stories will be read for many generations.
Photo by Alan Light [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.