Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Time for a little visit to ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Well, you should know by now that I am besotted with Alice in Wonderland, this year. I love Johnny Depp, I love the story, I can't wait for the movie to come out on MARCH 2nd and I am turning the hallway, UP to my studio, into Alice's Rabbit Hole.

Phew, there that should tell you a lot about me.

Apparently, the movie takes place when Alice is 18 or 19 and attending a party. She falls down the rabbit hole AGAIN, doesn't remember ever having been there but the inhabitants of Wonderland remember. The Red Queen has taken over everything which is apparently not a good thing.

"There's no use trying," Alice said, "one can't believe impossible things."

"I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen.
"When I was your age, I always did it for half-an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

In a letter from Charles L. Dodgson to Mary MacDonald dated May 23, 1864 he writes.

"If you set to work to believe everything, you will tire out the believing-muscles of your mind, and then you'll be so weak you won't be able to believe the simplest true things. Only last week a friend of mine set to work to believe Jack-the-giant-killer. He managed to do it, but he was so exhausted by it that when I told him it was raining (which was true) he couldn't believe it, but rushed out into the street without his hat or umbrella, the consequence of which was his hair got seriously damp, and one curl didn't recover it's right shape for nearly 2 days."

You need to stop and think for a minute about this letter. He's writing to a child. He's managed to take an event and twist it just a tad to make it silly but believable. Can you imagine, as a child getting a letter like this? Wouldn't it make you giggle?
I love the thought of believing muscles of your mind.
I love the idea that if you think too hard you won't be able to believe anything, at least for a while.
I love the casual mention of Jack the giant killer without any more explanation. As if it could possibly be true or not that there was a person named Jack who actually believed that there were giants that needed killing.
I love how he says that his friend had to run out in the rain to believe that it was raining.

You know I know people like that. You can tell them a plain basic fact and they don't believe you. They need to check it out. Now, on one hand that might be a good idea but on the other it doesn't allow room to wonder how the how's, why's, what if's of the statement.

Ok, I've been reading too much Alice this morning, haven't I? I see your nodding your head.
BUT, I think it's a great creative exercise to try to write a letter to a child in the same manner.
You have to tweak your mind a little. You have to be in a different mental space to do it.
It seems like a great exercise to switch gears from the rational thinking to the creative thinking.

I hope you have a wonderful day. I'm heading off to the studio.

:)Bea Create because you have the need and desire.


  1. Ah, I cant wait for this new Alice movie! I think the Alice stories are so interesting....what wonderful and original images he conjured up. Just amazing! And yes, I think we all need more creative thinking!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Heather. I was thinking about you when I was watching my PBS Masterpiece Theater on Sunday night. A new mini series called Emma. :)Bea

  3. Bea- Google the Alice and Wonderland windows at Bergdorfs (images). They are quite a treat, especially for an Alice lover.

  4. Always get to thinking quite a bit when I read your posts. Love them! :) I too can't wait for the movie!

  5. Yvonne, thank you. Thinking is good. I'm still thinking about a postcard swap where the message has to be written to a child, in this manner. I think it would be hoot. :)Bea