Welcome to my month of insanity! Buckle your seat beats because I’m hoping to do a little of the unexpected with these posts.
So, when deciding on the letter “A” for my first post, I immediately was drawn to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland because of the story. I think it’s one that connects to the child in all of us. I can tell you that when I was a kid in school, there was a time or two when in class I would venture “down the rabbit hole,” in my imagination to some other wonderful place. I know that some of you have probably still done this at one of your staff meetings, so no judgement. *giggles*
But when I was considering this post, another story came and pushed to be included – Aladdin. I never really knew the history behind the story (check the link, pretty cool stuff), but I will say that while I enjoyed the story, it was never one of my favorites.
So, there I was, getting ready for bed and this idea came to me (I had NOT been drinking) that what if Alice merely fell into a Genie’s lamp instead of Wonderland? Come on, we can work with this! (Excuse me while I change into my rabbit costume – come, follow me down this hole.)
Alice comes upon the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and while everyone is there having a jolly time, they notice that a few chairs are empty. (How many of you have celebrated your “Merry Un-Birthday”?) That silly Genie, the Mad Hatter says, is out and about. If he’s late, its because he’s helping someone. Alice is naturally concerned for their friend, even though she’s not sure who or what a Genie is, but because the Genie is helping Aladdin, Alice never gets to meet him.
Wouldn’t that be an odd, but fun mix? Okay, I know you are all probably thinking I’m crazy, but seriously consider perhaps Aladdin’s degree of separation from Alice might have been the Genie? What if we mashed up other tales like this? Which two would you choose?