Tuesday, September 11, 2007
From “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll.”
(And right up front – no, I have not been visiting Wonderland and hanging out with the Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar….)
“Well, now that we have seen each other,” said the Unicorn, “if you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you. Is that a bargain?”
I’ve done this – believed in someone because I have truly seen them.
“The horror of that moment,” the King went on, “I shall never, never forget!”
“You will, though,” the Queen said, “if you don't make a memorandum of it.”
I’m as guilty as the King. I think I have quite a few memorandums stored in my mind. Must get rid of them.
"Oh, don't go on like that!" cried the poor Queen, wringing her hands in despair. "Consider what a great girl you are. Consider what a long way you've come today. Consider what o'clock it is. Consider anything, only don't cry!"
Excellent advice. I’d much rather consider what o’clock it is than cry.
“I can't believe that!” said Alice.
“Can't you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.”
Alice laughed. “There's no use trying,” she 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.”
Oh, yes! Believing in impossible things! Such a marvelous childhood occupation. Perhaps as an adult I can try for just one impossible thing? Just draw a long breath and shut my eyes….
“O Tiger-lily,” said Alice, addressing herself to one that was waving gracefully about in the wind, “I wish you could talk!”
“We can talk,” said the Tiger-lily, “when there's anybody worth talking to."
So, if I’m quiet, you know why….