A wonderful, playful evocation of youth remembered, in heaps and piles, years, decades and even centuries later. But keep in mind one definition of age; that of ‘accumulated youth’.
There, don’t you feel younger already?
‘I was very young in those days, exceedingly young, marvelously young, younger than I am now, younger than I shall ever be again, by hundreds of years.’
See also his recollection of the infallible memory of his youth.
Source: Mark Twain, Autobiography of Mark Twain, H.E. Smith (ed.) (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012), vol. I, p. 54
Photo credit: Portrait of Samuel Clemens as a youth holding a printer’s composing stick with letters SAM. Daguerreotype