Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age
The child is grown, and puts away childish things.
Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. #1
Add the controlling power of today that is consumerism, where childish things are put away, thing like sharing, selflessness and imagination, which thrive in those delicate moments of innocence, and childhood begins to warp. Greed is introduced. As adults, we yearn to return to that age where we are ignorant to the less noble aspects of life, when our wants are based on gaining access to our dreams. If we had the option to own a part of our dream, as children, would we? Is it more noble to take what you want as a child in ignorance, or as an adult, knowing that as you take a piece of the world where your childhood exists, you diminish it.
Here are pieces of those worlds, ones from your childhood that you can take home, that can invoke those same moments. If you want them for yourself, you are welcome to purchase any for the same price you would place on a portion of your childhood – OR you can pay for it by sharing a memory, to replace the physical morsel of childhood with a hope, with a dream.
If you are interested in participating please go to the reception area where there is paper & envelopes for you to write your childhood memory. Once you have done this make sure that you write the number of the work you are interested in, your name & contact details. The work can only be collected from the 22nd of January.
#1 “Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies” by Edna St. Vincent Millay from Collected Poems. Copyright 1931, 1934, 1939, © 1958 by Edna St. Vincent Millay and Norma Millay Ellis. Reprinted with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf of Holly Peppe, Literary Executor, The Millay Society. www.millay.org.
Barking up the wrong tree: Consumerism in Childhood, 2013