The Magic Window
There is but a very brief window in early childhood for us all, a period
of time that lasts from birth until we are cast from the nest and into school.
A time when all about the world is new and good. A time when we are open. A time
when we take things in so deeply that they will form us ever after. So we imprint
upon the Christmas of that time, and what that was is what it will be for us
always. That is what collecting is about. The power that an object unseen in
decades can have to transport us in mind and spirit back to a specific period or
moment of our lives - to unlock long-closed doors in the mansion of our memory -
is the true value that it has. We can hold such an object in our hands and know
those times were real and welcome back whole parts of who we were into who we are
- and let the inner child in each of us out once again to play - to live as part of us
and and help us see again through our own "Magic Window."
(My Foreword to the book "Christmasland ReCollections"
by Ralph Del Puzzo and David High -
First Edition 2006 by Collins
Design, HarperCollinsPublishers, New York.)
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