Those were the days when I did not scream and run about the entire time as the regular kids do.
When I was a kid, I used to fancy pictures and letters like I still do. I used to spend a lot of time cutting out drawings that I enjoyed from ordinary newspapers and magazines – which in those times, 35 years ago were primarily black and white. A motley magazine was a luxurious and rare commodity. Just for fun, I used to delineate the faces with a pen and drew both beards and glasses on the countenances of both men and women.
My mother sensed my passion when I was three years old. She supplied me with an envelope of plastic letters. I played for hours comparing them to the letters in books. At that innocent age of three, I was soon able to read even the most complicated words.
The first book I read was “The Greek Mythology” – a huge collection of myths and ever since, Gods and Goddesses have been fascinating to me. I used to have noodles shaped like letters as well. In my spare time, I loved painting and I read voraciously. Until I became 16 years old I read almost every book I could lay my hands on. I read about love, adventure, and fairy tales with concentration that could last for hours. Very fascinated with nature, animal life, and diversity, I wanted to know all about birds, insects, mammals, and dinosaurs – so I loved the children’s encyclopedias.
I was very friendly. I had a tribe of friends that I used to call “the people”. I loved to invent and organize games for them which lasted for hours. Games about beautiful princesses who got kidnapped by evil witches and were rescued by valiant princesses. In the summertime, I used to live with my grandparents in a village. Fresh popcorn and wreaths from daisies – rural life was lovely! Most beautiful view ever – the view of the bridge over the local river.
I fell in love for the first time at the age of 5.
In Sparkling Michael, who made the world dance and who made the music come to life. My parents were very worried when I fell in love. My father tried to explain to me that there are other successful and talented pop performers such as Adriano Celentano. Needless to say, I wasn’t very impressed.
I had a happy and extraordinary childhood. At this green age, I knew what love was and what drama was. I used to write poetry. I had a totem animal – that was the butterfly. My image was placed on the school board “Our Pride” and somebody had even managed to draw vampire teeth on it.