by Johnnie Loefgren
"Ray Bradbury died," she blurted out and then looked out at the room full of five year old faces and sighed. One child stopped coloring for a moment and stared. Caleb held up his creation, saying, "spaceship." Ms. Youngblood took heart; peering over Caleb's shoulder she saw a night sky speckled with planets and stars. "Would you like to tell me all about your picture?" she said, taking out a pencil and paper. She looked at a photo of Ray Bradbury and smiled as Caleb began, "Once upon a time on Mars..."
Johnnie Loefgren is a commercial artist who lives and works in Florida. She's been a fan of Ray Bradbury for many years.