his newly found young adulthood.
within his power could make him stay, but he tried everything he could think of. He even told John not to run around,
because it made the time go faster. Along with this loss, Douglas also had to deal with deaths.
grandma was dying. He knew that he might be able to see John once in a while, but after that dreary day, he would never
see his grandma again.
“‘Grandma, who’ll shingle the roof next spring?’
was Great-grandma somehow transported, singing, pounding nails, replacing shingles, high in the sky! ‘Douglas,’ she
whispered, ‘don’t ever let anyone do the shingles unlessit’s fun for them.’”
Douglas’ memories of his grandma will always be in his mind. After grandma told Douglas this, he had started to cry, not
knowing of any way else to express himself. To comfort him, grandma told him that things get old, and that new things come
to replace them. She told him she really wasn’t dying, that her body was just going away, and that her soul and spirit would
be around for thousands of years. Another time when Douglas had to face the loss of someone dear was when the Colonel
details like he was a newspaper. Colonel Freeleigh was very sick, and the boys had stopped by to visit. When they had gotten
to his room, they already knew what had happened. Douglas felt the blow of death, as did all the other boys.
days. He thought, at a time, that the wine captured each of those memories. With all of the changes that have come about
over that summer, Douglas realized that the wine didn’t remember anything, but he did, in his mind he had stored all of the
information from this summer. He also realized that making the dandelion wine was a memory held deep in his heart, along
with the tradition that came with it.
had to deal with many new things at a young age, but all of them helped him adjust to the other happenings. Douglas’
period of change makes him open his eyes wider than they have ever been, and he sees, for the first time, that he is alive.
He later on realizes that everyone must die, and that nothing is in his total control.