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New tennis shoes – just like a Bradbury book March 18, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Family, Humor, Random.

Last summer my friend Rich recommended I read Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. It's a nostalgic look at a pre-teen boy's summer in a small American town. In the beginning of the book the main character, Douglas, works out a deal with the local shoe store proprietor in order to purchase a pair of Royal Crown Cream-Sponge Para Litefoot Tennis Shoes. It's an annual ritual to begin the summer with a new pair of tennis shoes, and Douglas was determined not to pass on this most important of all summer rituals. When he puts them on, he runs around the store at near light speed, or so it seems.

Today, my son acted much the same way when we purchased him a new pair of Reebok tennis shoes to replace an old pair that was nearly falling apart on his feet. Like Douglas, my son is twelve years old. And, like Douglas, my son was very eager to wear them.

When my son tried the shoes on for fit, he literally ran from one end of the store to the other, at breakneck speed. We wouldn't let him wear the shoes because we needed to pay for them. We got out of the store and as soon as he was in the car he switched shoes. Tonight, he talked about them making him faster and feeling like feathers on his feet. He suggested that he could even sleep with his new Reeboks on.

My son is a typical Internet surfing, PlayStation2 playing, Gameboy Advanced carrying, technology native that thinks that the only things worthwhile require some form of electricity. Yet, when it comes to tennis shoes he is just like Bradbury's Douglas back in the summer of 1928. It's nice to see that twelve-year-old boys are still the same.



1. Pedro Pinheiro - March 22, 2006

As my father says, the most important thing is distinguishing what’s essential, and what is accessory. I’m sure humanity will never lose it’s wonderlust.

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