It's time for "Writer Wednesday" when I discuss another author and his or her book.
I never read Alice in Wonderland as a child. In fact, I didn't even see the movie. It was only this past year that I read the book for the first time. First I encountered Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and then Through the Looking Glass.
Perhaps, because I had not read it before, I experienced the book as a commentary on growing up. To me, it seemed that Lewis Carrol was writing a cautionary tale about retaining imagination. In the first book, Alice is constantly growing and becoming smaller while reminded to enjoy every day- even "unbirthdays". In other words, growing up is about finding one's place- where one fits.
In Through the Looking Glass, Alice must navigate through the chess board of life- determining what moves to make, using strategy but also imagination.
My favorite lines from the stories are Alice's conversation with the unicorn.
“Do you know, I always thought unicorns were fabulous monsters, too? I never saw one alive before!"
Well, now that we have seen each other," said the unicorn, "if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you.”
Perhaps, that's the strongest message. If you have faith in others, if you are willing to really see them, then you too will be seen, others will have faith in you and you will then always be the right size.
My best to you all,