Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

For Christmas I received a ‘listening library’ of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from Jon M. I found it interesting on reading the cover of it that the author, Lewis Carroll was such a diverse person, a mathematician, photographer and clergyman. At Sara’s suggestion, I would like to share some observations and thoughts as I enjoy listening to this classic.

Chapter One opens with Alice sitting on a bank on a hot day. Beside her is her sister who is reading a book with no pictures or conversations. That sort of book does not interest Alice in the least. What does capture her attention is a pink-eyed rabbit wearing a waistcoat and looking at a watch while bemoaning that he is too late. ‘Burning with curiosity’ she runs after the rabbit and into a rabbit hole where she falls down, down, down for a very long time.
(At this point in the story I couldn’t help but think of the times I have become distracted by a ‘burning curiosity’ and run off chasing rabbits only to end up falling down a dark hole.)
Eventually she hits bottom and wanders through dark passages until she discovers a small door, and a little gold key that unlocks it and reveals a narrow passage leading to a beautiful garden that she longs to enter. Unfortunately she is too large to fit through the door. Drinking from a bottle marked ‘Drink Me’ makes her shrink down to size but in her absorption with shrinking and drinking she forgets and leaves behind, on the table and out of reach, the most crucial element for getting through the door…the key!
(Oh! I think how often a door of opportunity presents itself to us and we fail to get it opened because we over focus on one area and miss a critical component.)
Such adventures poor Alice has to go through next in an attempt to get into that garden!
(…to be continued)

On The BankDown The Hole

Published by Debi

I live in Leesburg, Virginia where I teach high school students in the Agriculture Department. Additionaly, I am self-employed as a horticultural consultant and landscape designer. "Beefriend the Bees!" and "Neither Here Nor There" are children's books I wrote and illustrated available from Amazon ( Chaves&x=12&y=25. Other interests include singing and playing my guitar (also have a CD for sale on Amazon called "Gardening Therapy"); walking my American Bulldog, Cloud and Olde English Bulldogge, Sky; staying active in my local church, and blogging on the

15 thoughts on “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  1. Thank you Debi. This is one of my favorite stories of all times. I never ever tire of this excitement because I am on a journey with Alice. When I was very young my older sister, Barbara, owned this book in a beautiful hardback cover. She would read to me but not allow me to hold her most priced possession. I still love just holding this book and now having it told to me on The Daily Lily many years later is another thrill.

    A truth fact about the rabbit hole… “Most of the book’s adventures were based on and influenced by people, situations and buildings in Oxford, England and at Christ Church, e.g., the “Rabbit Hole” which symbolized the actual stairs in the back of the main hall in Christ Church.”

  2. Can’t wait for part II….What a thrill to look forward to in ’09. Also love your pictures. Did you find a Rabbit hole?

  3. I thought I found a hole that is either a groundhog hole or a rabbit hole and I know that in the spring and summer there are LOTS of both rabbits and groundhogs in the areas near this hole. After doing a little research I was disappointed to learn that North American rabbits don’t make burrows or holes, they make fur lined nests in thickets usually. However, European rabbits DO make extensive burrows. And North American rabbits will use groundhog holes in bad weather although they don’t venture too far inside. So in order to appease my imagination, I would like to believe that rabbits do at least use this hole.

  4. Just so cool! Rabbits in Europe need or want different homes than American. Now are they different types of rabbits?

    What do you think of the back stairs in a church for the rabbit hole?

  5. Church back stairs….??….Well, poor curious Alice couldn’t resist chasing after something she probably should have left alone. She literally stuck her nose in someone (thing) else’s business and what a fall she had. Alice also commented in the book that after this fall down the hole “I shall think nothing of tumbling downstairs”. Many a church-going person falls into temptation and sin and down they go.

  6. Alice longed to get out of the dark hole and into the garden. My Bible reference says a garden is figurative of fruitfulness (Isaiah 51:3); prosperity (Isaiah 58:11) and righteousness (Isaiah 61:11). She has to get through a door to get there. Jesus says the only way to get into that garden of abundant life is to enter through Him. And that gate is narrow and self has to decrease to get through and learn to live by the Spirit. And that is a conflict. Running after our flesh gets us in a hole, not through the gate.
    One of the things pointed out to some of us through our Beth Moore study is :…”one of our biggest reasons for failure in daily struggles is our vain attempt to balance the Spirit and the flesh – to make them function as co-workers. It is absolutely impossble. It has nothing to do with strength versus weakness. It’s just not posssible. They can’t work togther because they are polar opposites.”
    “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. (Romans 8:6-8)

  7. One thing I’m sure that didn’t help Alice and won’t help us get out the hole was the following :”…she generally gave herself very good advice (though she seldom followed it)….”. Good counsel from ourself or another when not followed gets us into trouble.
    James 4:17 says: “If, however, a man knows what it is right to do and yet does not do it, he commits a sin.”
    And to add to the problem…”once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a game of croquet she was playing against herself; for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people.”
    This reminds me of a very serious principle Sara taught this past summer at her ‘Four Bees’, a workbook study to help find your authentic self through your giftings…’a house divided against itself cannot stand.’
    We will never be a unified self with a sound mind by being a pretender or one person one place and one another. Even Alice seemed able to face that fact for she said “…but it’s no use now to pretend to be two people! Why there’s hardly enough of me left to make one respectable person!”

  8. “She generally gave herself very good advice (though she seldom followed it)” Yes, Debi, having the counsel and knowing it is only part of it, right? Sara is right, maybe I could try a little of that “boxing my ears” too!

  9. Yes, Needles and if we only have part of it we have no wholeness which really equals zero or minus. In the Beth Moore study several of us have been doing, she says in her chapter on a teachable spirit that the true sign of teachability is being obedient to what we are taught. So without doing it we are simply unteachable.

  10. The more I think about poor little Alice I see myself. Gee, I give myself excellent advice often and go on my way to find myself in a mess. I have a good friend from childhood and when I greet her at times I call her beep bop. Now only she and I would get what we are saying. We are saying we know but we don’t..

  11. Sara, I agree. I think my names is really Alice. I seem to get myself into more messes. What an awesome story. Poor Alice! Lord please help us to be obedient to You’re teachings. Thank you Debi for this beautiful blog.

  12. Yes giving ourselves good counsel and receiving good counsel without putting it into action causes more messes. Great Story Debi. Maybe I’ll use it in class as a take off story. Just substitute such and such names where Alice’s is. What would be their wonderland’s and how do they expect to get it. What will be the troubles along with way? Maybe each of us have our own Wonderland Adventures to tell someone.

  13. Rena, I would imagine that many if not all your students know this story. I know that you shared with me that you did not know the story. They may have read it from various books, or movies. So, they could probably get right into their own adventures and have their own story to tell. Just like we all do. If we could all just be ourselves around others our stories would be beautiful adventures and spin a tale or two.

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