"And even if you were in some prison, the walls of which let none of the sounds of the world come to your senses--would you not then still have your childhood, that precious, kingly possession, that treasure-house of memories?"--Rilke.
Not only as a writer, but as an artist, those first impressions of earth we had as children always remain an invaluable source of inspiration. Even as a father, I'm amazed at how my daughter perceives ordinary objects for the first time. I hope to keep even a fragment of that curiosity.