My first rememberance was age 5. My grandparents bought me a reptile and amphibian sticker book. You stuck the pictures on to the b&w drawing of the animal, and it had a blurb about natural history for each animal. I was hooked forever after that, suffered @$$ whoopings for wading waist deep into ponds after frogs, coming home smelling like garter snake musk and of course for my snake escaping and getting into the bookcase. Those were all before the age of 12. I wised up a little after that. *sigh* those were the days...
Rome did not build a great empire by having meetings, they did it by killing all who opposed them.