We’ve lost so many talented artists recently. Some died young and some after having lived long and fully. Ray Bradbury was one of the latter and so, left us with a magnificent legacy; a body of work that just about every SF/F writer and reader could quote from.
This is from ‘Fahrenheit 451‘, one of his best known and challenging novels.
“Everyone must leave something in the room or left behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”
May we all be gardeners such as Ray.