There is a superstition that says if you say “Rabbit, Rabbit” or a variation by either the number of rabbits or words (“white rabbit” or “rabbits”) upon waking the first day of the month, then you will have good luck throughout the month.
I can’t see a white rabbit without thinking about my favorite childhood book- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. This is my beloved copy.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” -Ernest Hemingway
As I sit here recovering from the flu, I can use all the luck I can get so I will wish you a Happy Rabbit, Rabbit Day and a lucky, healthy February!
Since I was a young girl, I have loved the story of Alice in Wonderland. I still have my original copy, in addition to other copies I’ve collected over the years. This song is part of Almost Alice, a CD of songs inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. If you are an Alice fan, you might want to check it out.
Alice Through the Looking Glass is scheduled to be released on May 27, 2016 and even if I have to go alone, I am going to see this!
I understand that Alice is a bit too surreal for some. Having never indulged, experimented or had any curiosity at all about drugs, I don’t relate to that aspect of the story. I do, however, have a healthy respect for imagination and creativity and this story is not lacking when it comes to that!
This week I chose an excerpt from one of my favorite books- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832. He wrote under the pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, best known as the creator of Alice and the Mad Hatter. I read this book over and over when I was growing up and I still have my original copy- although the pages are quite yellow and the cover is torn. Yes, I love this book!
“Begin at the beginning….and go on till you come to the end: then end.”
If only it was that simple, right? Sometimes when I begin writing it’s like falling down the rabbit hole. I think I know where the story is heading and then the next thing I know there’s a White Rabbit and I’m crashing a tea party with the Mad Hatter. The end product is the results of the trip I took to get there.
Reading Alice time and time again developed a lifelong love of the story and anything to do with those characters. I am a fan of the Disney animated movie, along with the 2010 version that takes Alice back to Wonderland years later.
The book also inspired many interesting songs, many of which appear on my favorites playlist. “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane is probably the most well known.
And then, setting aside the book, movies, and music, my son, Andrew appeared in two different musical productions of Alice in Wonderland when he was 12 and 13. This only made me love all things Alice even more.
I love that all of this blossomed from Lewis Carroll’s stories made up for a little girl named Alice. How cool is it that he wrote that book 150 years ago not knowing that his characters would live on in movies, tv shows, art and music! A true sign that anything is possible and it can all begin with the written word!