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Rekindling Lost Love In Ray Bradbury's A Story About Love

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I decided to write this in pencil, knowing it would have to be transcribed onto a computer later because it seemed natural. I forgot how easy they are to use when time has given me so much technology, time has given me a computer. Natural seems the most appropriate thing to do when referencing a story about love. Love is something ironically so cliché and so important that I always take it for granted, like this beautiful piece of yellow painted wood with a small number two engraved into it. Like love, when using a pencil sometimes mistakes are made, but the eraser like time doesn’t fully cover them up ever. Pretending mistakes don’t exist, doesn’t make them go away, only writing something more profound over it can make it seem that way. I read Ray Bradbury’s “A Story About Love” and couldn’t help but smile at the timeless love story told about two people who fell in love with each other twice. The story made it obvious that even after losing love it really can be rekindled no matter how absurd it seems; if we just take the time and talk and relearn about each other, laugh along the way, and remember what it was that made us fall in love in the first place.

Often when people start to drift apart, the first thing they do is stop talking. The two lovebirds in this tale, William Forrester and Helen Loomis, spent their days after meeting “reacquainting” themselves with each other. For twenty-five days straight, the two of them relived their lives for each other during conversation. They learned both were capable of engaging in stimulating conversation with each other because they had so much in common. “They talked of art, of literature, of life, society and politics[.]” (Schwiebert 251) When two people are away from each other, it’s hard to remember how much they have in common. Having things to talk about is often the most important component of a relationship. Through conversation, Helen and William became “very familiar to each other, on the best of terms” (Schwiebert 250), Helen and William start to fall in love again.

Throughout the story, William and Helen are constantly laughing and light humored about everything. Often the power of laughter is underestimated along with love. It’s underestimated until the day it’s missing. Allowing “the laughter to come naturally from his mouth for the first time in...

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