Part VII Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

What Alice finds outside the March Hare’s house under a tree are the March Hare, the Mad Hatter and the Door Mouse all sitting at the corner of a large table having tea. When they see Alice approaching they cry out that there was no room, no room! Because there are only three at this large table and there is so much room for others, Alice indignantly assumes (wrongly…Oh! how much trouble we get into by assuming) that there is plenty of room for her and takes a seat in a large armchair at the end of the table.

When encouraged by the March Hare to have some wine, she replies that she doesn’t see any, to which the Hare replies, ‘there isn’t any!’ Alice is angered by what she sees as a very uncivil offer. The March Hare confronts Alice on her anger at his breach of civility by countering that she shouldn’t have invited herself to sit down at the table. Alice justifies herself by saying she didn’t know it was the March Hare’s table since it was set for so many more than three. (Interesting how each one saw things from an entirely different perspective). The conversation abruptly changes when the Mad Hatter, out of nowhere, says to Alice that her hair needs cutting. Alice retorts that this personal remark is very rude, but the Hatter’s response is simply to ask Alice an unrelated riddle. The tea party continues to unravel with unproductive communication. The atmosphere is rife with misunderstanding, assumptions, subject avoidance, inconsideration, and nonsensical conversations. And the door mouse tells a story that doesn’t have an ending because when the Door Mouse asks Alice a question that confuses her and she replies that she ‘doesn’t really think’…. the Hatter replies, ‘then you shouldn’t talk!’ That does it for Alice. Rising from the table in disgust she walks away, ‘half-hoping they will call after her’, but no one takes any notice. She says it was the stupidest tea part she has ever been to in all her life! As she heads away into the wood she notices a tree with a door in it. Very curious, she thinks, and enters in. What does she find there?
Tea

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About 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 (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=Deborah 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 www.thedailylily.com.

12 thoughts on “Part VII Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  1. Actually, Debi,I think I have been present and a part of some ‘tea parties’ like the one Alice (uninvitedly) attended. You know….unproductive, , miscommunication, misunderstanding, confusion. If we don’t watch out, we learn to navigate through these mazes of miscommunication and eventually believe that this is the norm.

  2. To assume – 1)”to take on(the appearance, role, etc. of) 2) to seize; usurp 3) to undertake 4) to take for granted; suppose 5) to pretend to have; feign.

    Sure is easy to end up in a lot of trouble, just like Alice….when we assume things! I wonder if there will be anything behind this door, that causes her to assume again??? We’ll just have to wait and see…

  3. I agree with you Needles about assuming causing trouble. When we speak or act out on something before we have our facts straight we take a nose-dive. Who can trust someone who assumes and presumes? It also produces chaos and confusion in communication like MG was speaking of.
    “Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins (sins of pride); let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. “Psalm 19:13

  4. “The tea party continues to unravel with unproductive communication. The atmosphere is rife with misunderstanding, assumptions, subject avoidance, inconsideration, and nonsensical conversations.”

    What pain one must suffer to sit at a tea party and have unproductive communication. I always like to leave a gathering checking my soul to see if it have been healed or wounded? Or, if my words have healed or wounded! What we say at the tea party has eternal effects. Matthew 12:36 ISV “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give an account for every thoughtless word they have uttered,…” and let us not forget…”For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Our heart is exposed when we open our mouth. When we speak gracious words, God counts us as wise. (Ecclesiastes 10:12, Colossians 4:6)

    Alice says she ‘doesn’t really think’ and it is the stupidest tea party she has ever been to.” Does this give rise in the heart to humor or horror? Oh, well, Debi, the dishes speak graciously, they are lovely!

  5. Seems to me the Hatter’s reply ‘then you shouldn’t talk’ is a bit of corrective wisdom. Many of us do too much talking and not enough thinking before we speak. Our words should be as gracious as the dishes.
    “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in baskets of silver.” Prov. 25:11…now that’s a lovely table setting for a tea party.

  6. I personally think people can do to much thinking before the talk as well. This goes back to Chickenfarmer’s comment on Needles’ blog that our conscious plays a major part in our speaking and action. Without a good conscious we could think for hours and speak and still be wrong, ugly or negative. Is this right?

  7. I suppose it depends on the condition of the heart because as written above, out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. So, you are right, Sara. One can think and think before one speaks but if our hearts are not right then what comes out of our mouths might still be destructive, deceptive or discouragement no matter how long we THINK!
    Beth Moore says in one of her devotionals,”I viewed faith as my willingness to make a believing statement with my mouth rather than face the questions of my heart. If only I had understood how ROMANS 10:10 reverses that order. ‘With the heart one believes resulting in right thinking and with mouth, then one confesses. to righteousness’.

  8. I see the point about the talking…not quantity but quality. The source must be pure and clear. James 3:1:”Do clean and polluted water flow out of the same spring?”
    ….and clear conscience keeps the stream running clear..
    “In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.”
    Acts 24:16

  9. First mistake was she wasn’t invited. How many times have we done that with people or the world. We want to be part. Part of what? For what reason? How do we react when invited or not invited? Nevertheless we have to be invited. This reminded me of a song – note last verse:
    His Banner Over Me is Love

    He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep,
    His banner over me is love.
    He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep,
    His banner over me is love.
    He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep,
    His banner over me is love.
    His banner over me is love!
    He is the Vine and we are the branches,
    His banner over me is love.
    He is the Vine and we are the branches,
    His banner over me is love.
    He is the Vine and we are the branches,
    His banner over me is love.
    His banner over me is love!

    He calls us to His Banqueting Table,
    His banner over me is love.
    He calls us to His Banqueting Table,
    His banner over me is love.
    He calls us to His Banqueting Table,
    His banner over me is love.
    His banner over me is love!

  10. Rena, your concept is most interesting, ‘one has to be invited.’ We are told that Jesus died for all but the Holy Spirit draws or invites us to The Father through His son, Jesus. From your song, the Love of God’s son invites us to the (banqueting) tea table, is that right?

    Doesn’t the world or friends of the world give us an open invite? Now, I must say I am not sure I understand ‘your comment about being invited or maybe I don’t want to out of guilt. Am I inviting others to the banqueting table or just hoping they will show up? Do I have tea parties and invite others to my table set with beautiful linens or floral cloths and china tea cups and plates to share my friend, Jesus. No excuse, I have them but leave them set in a closet.

    Is my dining room table His banqueting table, if so, how many have sit there for us to share one with another His life of hope, peace and love. Are you saying I need to set a “Celebration Table” and invite the Alice’s in?

  11. We probably won’t be invited to the world’s table on a consistent basis when they discover we are of a different spirit, being sold out to Jesus and not the way of the world. If the Holy Spirit is drawing them to Jesus they may invite you over and over again to drink of the Word of Jesus. You may become the mentor or one of the long line of mentors God is using to bring change to the character of the man/women so they may also eat of the meat of the Word.

    It makes me quake to think how many tea parties I have been invited to and the “Celebration” message was not shared. Perhaps I was the one God wanted to use and sat closed mouthed. Or perhaps I could have invited someone to sit and share Jesus. Or did I by my attitude or non-communication say to the Alice’s I knew – there’s no room, there’s no room. Thank goodness Jesus invited us despite our sins – our rags. He stands and says come on in I love you. I’ve been waiting for you – enter in to my rest. Enter in to my Joy and peace. Heaven would not be the same without you! Sit and Eat and be happy!

    Another thought comes to mind. What is God has a big circular table for each of us to sit at and the people whom we have introduced to Jesus are asked to sit at our table. How many will be sipping tea with us then?

  12. Good job, Rena! But, now I am trying to figure out what size table I need. Whee, Maybe that is why Alice said, “I don’t really think.” Could be painful to think at times.

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