28
Oct
09

More than a Silly Little Girl?

I remember my first encounter with Alice.

I believe I was six, sitting on the floor of my living room with my eyes fixed on the television and probably had some sort of sticky food smeared all over my face. To a colourful* six year old girl, Alice was the girl to be. I was thrilled for the movie to be over so I could go look for some holes in the ground to fall into. After meeting the Cheshire Cat, I then looked for ways to make my own cat stand on his head. I’m sure it was Carroll’s intention to inspire such adventures out in the world for children like me. A bewitching story like that can do such things, and still appear as nothing more than a tale.

Now that I have advanced through my years, I see the constant references to and studies of the physical text and I ponder why the author would make such an enchanting yet perplexing story, if the audience was intended for the premature minds? It is this question which captivates me and motivates me to observe Alice’s journey.

Personally, my AEPs (Alice Experience Points) are pretty low, but I have gathered that this journey will be stimulating and enjoyable. I intend to answer my posed questions by doing all the things expected of me (pressing my nose against pages, re-reading, making notes, re-reading what I re-read) hopefully raising my current, feeble level of AEPs. By the end of this project, the internet and I may become barbaric adversaries, but I am willing to take that risk, granted I get to have a secure place to share my discoveries and chase my own rabbits.

* Note:

If you read my Team bio, you would know why I spell it that way.


1 Response to “More than a Silly Little Girl?”


  1. 1 Christian Long
    November 7, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Ever since I first read your original ‘pending’ draft, I’ve been fond of your use of “AEPs”. Just brings a grin to my face each time.

    I also like how you playfully engage language: “By the end of this project, the internet and I may become barbaric adversaries, but I am willing to take that risk”, for instance.

    Finally, thank you for putting the story in context of your own childhood. A lovely touch.


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