(Note: I don't know for sure how old I was when this took place, but I’m guessing six.)
One day, I was using my newly-acquired reading skills to tackle a story about Emily Elizabeth and her giant dog Clifford visiting a fire station. Emily Elizabeth pointed out that Clifford was red, just like the fire trucks!
This exploded my mind.
Did the author consider that parallel when he started writing the series, or did he just think it up as he wrote? How was either of those options possible? The intellectual capacity of the author staggered me. I wondered, could I ever write a story with that much depth?
In my brain, a door had been opened.