On this day in history, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, wrote in his diary, “Began writing the fairy-tale of Alice–I hope to finish it by Christmas.” This was on November 13, 1862 and Charles later became known as Lewis Carroll. The story fell into the hands of novelist, Henry Kingsley, who encouraged Carroll to publish the book. It was released in 1865 and has become one of the most famous of all children’s literature.
This young man of 30, stuttered when he lectured in the field of mathematics, but felt completely comfortable and spoke fluently when talking to children.
A few years ago, I adapte the amazing story of Alice and her adventures into play form. I had to dig deeply into the story to get a handle on all the strange characters she encountered along the way. As I read, I began to see Alice in a new light. There are all kinds of interpretations of this work, including the possibility that Carroll was high on something when he wrote it.
I felt the story to be more of an awakening of a young girl becoming a young woman. All the emotional shifts that happen when a child becomes a teen, all the anxiety and sometimes even physical pain that accompanies puberty, were part of this adventure. I could go deeper with this, but I’m not a psychologist. Besides I love a good fairy tale too.
Today our world seems to be like Alice’s wonderland, in that it’s a swirling mixture of chaos and far fetched scenarios. We try to make sense of it, but it simply doesn’t make sense. They become distractions to our getting on with life as we should. We jump from one tragedy to another within days. We’re exposed to warped and broken minds, with no respect for human life. We see division within our own nation and the world. It seems we can’t squeeze through the doors of time without another attack to our psyches.
Inspiration can always be found in God’s Word.
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Ephesians 4:14-16 KJV