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SUZANNE CAREY
DTLAL Associate Member
Sr. Columnist

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PHOTO: SUZANNE CAREY

SUZANNE CAREY


My Dragon 


     Being a nine year old boy and living on a working farm was not an easy life, but it was mine, and for the most part it was good. I woke at four to start my day with my parents, my older brother Dennis, and my two uncles John and Mike. Mom made a big breakfast of eggs and bacon with buttered toast. The grown-ups had coffee and my brother and I drank milk. My Mom said no coffee until we were sixteen, and seeing how my brother was only twelve, he had to drink milk too. After breakfast we gathered our things and headed out the door. My jobs were to collect the eggs from the chicken coupe, milk our cow Ethel, and muck out the horse stall. That job i really didn't like, but if I worked really fast and if I didn’t breathe to deep, it wasn’t so bad.After my chores were finished, I would wash up then head to the dining room table to begin my school lessons with my mother. My brother and I were homeschooled because we lived so far from the nearest school, and my Mom used to teacher before she married my Dad, so it worked out perfectly. That and the fact I had trouble concentrating on account that my head was always in the clouds, as my Uncle John would always say. So after my studies I got to go spend time doing my favorite thing... cloud watching. And that's where I met my dragon.

Yes, you heard me right, I had a dragon, and his name was Dragon, on account that I couldn't pronounce his real name.So here’s how it all began. Everyday, weather permitting,I would go out into the wheat field where I had a patch of grass that for some reason wheat just wouldn't grow in, and I would lay on my back and watch the clouds.It was amazing to see all the different animals and creatures you could find hiding up there. I would see horses and dogs, dolphins and whales, I even saw a huge lion once. But there wasn’t just animals, there were also elementals like fairies, unicorns and mermaids. I also saw alien looking things and lots of Angels and their feathers. I know, you might think I just had a overactive imagination, and that could be, but I really did see all those things and I still do till this day. But the coolest thing I ever saw was my Dragon.

Now, you might not believe this next part of my story, and that's ok, But I swear it is true...It really happened. So there I was,laying on my back, a wheat stalk in my mouth, watching the clouds roll by, when all the sudden I noticed a section of clouds start to bubble and swirl. I was getting a little scared, but i couldn’t stop watching. All the sudden a big white form burst out of the clouds, flying through the sky, going down, than up, in circles, then straight down and heading right towards me! I rolled over on my stomach and covered my head, This is it! I thought, I’m gonna die!I waited for what I thought was surely going to be the end, but nothing happened. So getting up my nerve, I inched my head up just a little and opened one eye. I don’t think I have been so scared in my whole life, yet unbelievably curious at the same time. There beside me was a Dragon, a real live Dragon, but in a color I had never seen before, It could be best described as iridescent,with bits of white,sky blue and subtle shades of pink. I couldn't stop staring. I sat up and rubbed my eyes ,thinking I must be seeing things, but it was still there. Fortunately my curiosity took over my fear and I continued to stare, that is until a female voice spoke in my head saying “It's not polite to stare. Have you no manners child?”

Taken aback I immediately responded “Yes Ma'am, Im sorry Ma'am” “I’m not a Ma’am” the voice responded “ I am air dragon”

Not knowing what to say, I merely nodded my head. There was a moment of awkward silence when the voice then said “And you are?”
“Oh” I stammered “I am Daniel, but you can call me Danny, most everyone does, unless I’m being scolded then its Daniel Lewis McGregor ...”

’“SILENCE!” the voice roared. “Do you always talk this incessantly? Never mind, don't answer that.” Her giant head shook back and forth and she spread her wings in agitation. Getting to my feet, I was getting ready to run, but I found that I couldn’t.
“Come here” she commanded.

Taking a few steps forward, I stood in silence, waiting for this giant dragon to swallow me whole or something equally painful. As she stood up and began to walk around me, I craned my neck and looked up at her. Holy crap! I thought. She's huge! Ithink she must have heard me, because I could swear she smiled.

“Yes, you will do” Her voice was less threatening so I began to relax,and I allowed my curiosity to return. A saddle of sorts appeared on her back and she ordered me to climb up and sit in it. Easier said than done. I was a little small for my age, but i gave it my best try. I jumped as high as I could, reaching as far as my arms could stretch, but to no avail. After several attempts I changed my tactics.Going several feet back, I took off in my fastest run and jumped. BAAM! I slammed into the side of the dragon, bounced off and landed on the ground with a thud. Finally taking pity on me, she picked me up with her giant claws and placed me on the saddle.

“Hold on tight” she commanded, and suddenly we were up and flying. To say it was exhilarating would have been an understatement .My tummy felt as though I was on one of those rollercoaster they had at the county fair. I hung on so tight my hands hurt, but as we continued to climb high into the sky, I began to feel a peacefulness and a trust for this giant of a Dragon and I let myself relax into her rhythm, becoming one with her and enjoying the ride. She took me up above the cloud, weaving in and out between the billowing mounds of white. Here I was able to get a closer look at all the wonderful animals,elementals,creatures and Angels that I Was able to see from the ground. There were no words to describe the wonder and the magik of it all, and for the first time in my life I think I was actually speechless.

I don’t know how long we flew, but we landed back where we started just as the sun was beginning to set, and the sky was filled with streaks of pinks and purples. I could hear the sound of my name being called over the field, and I knew I would be in some trouble for staying out this late, but i didn’t care. I went flying on the back of a Dragon! I Knew no one would believe me, so i would keep it to myself for now. Sliding to the ground I thanked Dragon and asked her if I would see her again. As she flew off into the sunset I heard her say “Always keep your eyes in the sky and your head in the clouds. Never lose your sense of wonder. Magik does exist and is very real. I will see you again.” I watched as she disappeared into the evening sky and I could no longer see her. Filled with so much wonder I didn’t notice my brother until I felt a smack upside my head. “Dude!” he yelled. “What are you doing out here?” Rubbing the side of my head, I just answered “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.” Taking off into a full out run, my brother and I headed for home.

I was grounded for two weeks after that, for being irresponsible and worrying everyone, but I didn’t mind. The memory of my Ride into the sky with my Dragon kept me company until I was able to go back to my spot and watch my friends in the clouds. My Dragon did come back and we went many adventures together. As we flew through the sky she taught me so much about things that most people couldn’t see with the human eye, until they were ready to see and believe. And as I grew, and life took over, I never lost my sense of wonder or my belief in magik. As a matter of fact I became a famous author who continues to share what I learned on the back of my Dragon in the form of children's books. You would be amazed at the truth you find in between the pages of fairy tales. So keep your head in the clouds and never lose your sense of wonder. And who knows, maybe on some warm summer day as you are looking up at the clouds you may see something that looks like a man flying across the sky on the back of a dragon. Believe it... it’s me.

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PHOTO CREDIT: SUZANNE CAREY

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