Well, I did it

I killed the laptop for good this time. Or rather, I stupidly set it on the couch and walked away while the boys were playing a rousing game of run and climb and jump. So technically the boys killed the laptop, but I was definitely negligent. Good thing it’s only 9 days until Black Friday.

I’m contemplating change. Not change you can believe in or anything, just a blog change. Dana’s new A Very Nearly Tea has me inspired and I have felt for a while that “Question the Culture” doesn’t exactly describe what I’m doing here. What am I doing here, anyway?

So I’m feeling very Alice and am drawn to these passages:

Alice never could quite make out, in thinking it over afterwards, how it was that they began: all she remembers is, that they were running hand in hand, and the Queen went so fast that it was all she could do to keep up with her: and still the Queen kept crying `Faster! Faster!’ but Alice felt she COULD NOT go faster, thought she had not breath left to say so.

The most curious part of the thing was, that the trees and the other things round them never changed their places at all: however fast they went, they never seemed to pass anything. `I wonder if all the things move along with us?’ thought poor puzzled Alice. And the Queen seemed to guess her thoughts, for she cried, `Faster! Don’t try to talk!’

Not that Alice had any idea of doing THAT. She felt as if she would never be able to talk again, she was getting so much out of breath: and still the Queen cried `Faster! Faster!’ and dragged her along. `Are we nearly there?’ Alice managed to pant out at last.

`Nearly there!’ the Queen repeated. `Why, we passed it ten minutes ago! Faster! And they ran on for a time in silence, with the wind whistling in Alice’s ears, and almost blowing her hair off her head, she fancied.

`Now! Now!’ cried the Queen. `Faster! Faster!’ And they went so fast that at last they seemed to skim through the air, hardly touching the ground with their feet, till suddenly, just as Alice was getting quite exhausted, they stopped, and she found herself sitting on the ground, breathless and giddy.

The Queen propped her up against a tree, and said kindly, `You may rest a little now.’

Alice looked round her in great surprise. `Why, I do believe we’ve been under this tree the whole time! Everything’s just as it was!’

`Of course it is,’ said the Queen, `what would you have it?’

`Well, in OUR country,’ said Alice, still panting a little, `you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you ran very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.’

`A slow sort of country!’ said the Queen. `Now, HERE, you see, it takes all the running YOU can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!’


Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

Then there is this from Alice in Wonderland:



`In that case,’ said the Dodo solemnly, rising to its feet, `I move that the meeting adjourn, for the immediate adoption of more energetic remedies–‘

`Speak English!’ said the Eaglet. `I don’t know the meaning of half those long words, and, what’s more, I don’t believe you do either!’ And the Eaglet bent down its head to hide a smile: some of the other birds tittered audibly.

`What I was going to say,’ said the Dodo in an offended tone, `was, that the best thing to get us dry would be a Caucus-race.’

`What is a Caucus-race?’ said Alice; not that she wanted much to know, but the Dodo had paused as if it thought that somebody ought to speak, and no one else seemed inclined to say anything.

`Why,’ said the Dodo, `the best way to explain it is to do it.’ (And, as you might like to try the thing yourself, some winter day, I will tell you how the Dodo managed it.)

First it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, (`the exact shape doesn’t matter,’ it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there. There was no `One, two, three, and away,’ but they began running when they liked, and left off when they liked, so that it was not easy to know when the race was over. However, when they had been running half an hour or so, and were quite dry again, the Dodo suddenly called out `The race is over!’ and they all crowded round it, panting, and asking, `But who has won?’

This question the Dodo could not answer without a great deal of thought, and it sat for a long time with one finger pressed upon its forehead (the position in which you usually see Shakespeare, in the pictures of him), while the rest waited in silence. At last the Dodo said, `everybody has won, and all must have prizes.’

`But who is to give the prizes?’ quite a chorus of voices asked.

`Why, she, of course,’ said the Dodo, pointing to Alice with one finger; and the whole party at once crowded round her, calling out in a confused way, `Prizes! Prizes!’

Alice had no idea what to do, and in despair she put her hand in her pocket, and pulled out a box of comfits, (luckily the salt water had not got into it), and handed them round as prizes. There was exactly one a-piece all round.

`But she must have a prize herself, you know,’ said the Mouse.

`Of course,’ the Dodo replied very gravely. `What else have you got in your pocket?’ he went on, turning to Alice.

`Only a thimble,’ said Alice sadly.

`Hand it over here,’ said the Dodo.

Then they all crowded round her once more, while the Dodo solemnly presented the thimble, saying `We beg your acceptance of this elegant thimble’; and, when it had finished this short speech, they all cheered.

Alice thought the whole thing very absurd, but they all looked so grave that she did not dare to laugh; and, as she could not think of anything to say, she simply bowed, and took the thimble, looking as solemn as she could.

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Both passages seem fitting, but how to make them fit, I do not know. I shall ponder the situation until the new laptop is acquired. Ideas, suggestions and criticisms are being accepted below. Thank you for your help. 


3 responses to “Well, I did it”

  1. B Avatar

    I think these two selections only help support your current title “Question the Culture.” In the first selection, Alice is told to do something without an initial reason, and is only able to question it afterwards. Thus, only the Queen’s way of solving the “staying in one place” issue is offered. Alice has no choice but to obey and ask questions later. In the second selection, Alice is again told to do something rather than getting a reason in advance. She follows along with something that has no purpose that she is aware of, and it ends up costing her in the end. Our culture lately (referring to the many bailouts being given by the government) have been of the “do now, question later” sort. It’s good to know that people question why things are as they are, rather than just going along with it because others told them to do so. If the government would do that a little more, the world would be better off.

    I’m sure the thimble stands for something, but I’m not sure yet what it is. Cliff’s notes anyone?

  2. April Avatar

    I seem to recall a thimble in Peter Pan, too (I should recall better, we read it recently.)

    So that’s a vote for no change! Hey, somebody should make that a political slogan.

    I think the current gov’t modus operandi is “do now and don’t worry your silly little head about questions, now or later.” Question, people! Question!

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