Monday Muchness

Through the Looking Glass

Do you remember reading books as a child? Can you recall the hours spent with your nose buried between pages that swirled with wild adventures?

I do!

I remember the precious moments mama read to me while tucked up under the nook of her arm and the sweet scent of her breath as she gave the characters life with her voice.  Memories of scenes, stories and emotions that made passage of time irrelevant and surroundings forgotten.

Then, life happened, things got busy and books were abandoned in corners and on dusty book shelves.

026Fast forward to babies and constant reading to my kiddos. We discovered Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein together and I read everything with a fresh perspective.

These stories were magnificent!! How did I miss this the first time around?

For me, reading the classics with an adult eye was like discovering chocolate kisses in every corner and I’ve been gorging myself ever since. Thankfully, the Grimm Brothers and Carroll are calorie-free.

This post is a preamble to what I’m doing on my photography site this week. If you feel like escaping, read the short piece below and visit there as often as you like.

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Through the Looking Glass

f7969d646e66e054ff0d2ed6dce8414fThis week is going to be spent in Wonderland.

Drinking tea, chasing white rabbits and escaping from reality. If Mad Hatters are your reality, well, you’ll fit right in. The lines between fact and fiction are often blurred and fun will be had by anyone who rests under the mushroom for a bit.

Since this feels a bit like falling down a hole, I hope you’ll keep me company. Check back daily to see who’s late, what doors we can fit through and if we keep our heads.

If it all comes together, it’ll be a week full of muchness.

~For Jennie

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Alice came to a fork in the road. “Which road do I take?” she asked.  “Where do you want to go?” responded the Cheshire Cat.  “I don’t know,” Alice answered.  “Then,” said the Cat, “it doesn’t matter.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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33 thoughts on “Through the Looking Glass

  1. My parents never read to me ( i wish they had) but i do read to my children and we actually just finished alice in wonderland last week. it was awesome watching there little faces as i read

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      1. Yeah my four year old dominik ran around in circles saying oh my oh my like the rabbit and my ten year old dj chased him screaming of with their heads it was funny

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  2. The right kind of madness can be a lot of fun!

    I don’t remember my parents reading to me, but I know they did. And because of them, it’s rare that I don’t have a book in my hand.

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    1. So true, El Guapo!
      I’m saving the “madness” quote for the end…just looking for a photo (or to take one) that matches. What are you reading these days? I’m on a reread of Alice as well as To Kill a Mockingbird.

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      1. I’ve got a bunch of non-fiction. A history of James Garfield (which is a lot more interesting than I thought it would be, one on the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and the press, and a tome on the Mediterranean.

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  3. I was so much better about reading to my first born. The latest baby is lucky if I remember to say Hi. LOL You just reminded me of the joy of reading to my kids, I think I will pick up a book soon and get back to it. 🙂

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    1. Oh man…I know what you mean! I didn’t read to my first as much as my second and do have some regrets there (but, really, how many times can a person read Green Eggs and Ham and stay sane??)
      It’s kinda cool…when my teenager has had a bad day, he asks me to read from “Diary of a Wimpy kid.” I love it…especially since I know those days are numbered.
      Thanks so much for stopping by…I think you have something new on the reader today, too! Can’t wait to see it.
      xo, Michelle

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  4. My parents never read to me, either. I didn’t much like reading before I hit my 20’s. Pictures did just fine. 😉 But now, I spend at least 50 hours a week reading, and have become a readaholic, and had to joined a support group. lol. I suppose it could be worse. Got any chocolate bon bons for me? Books and bon bons —- Mmmm :mrgreen:

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    1. My dear Victoria! I was going to send you a “just checking in” e-mail and the day completely got away from me. No excuse though…so great to hear from you and can’t wait to read YOUR post sitting patiently in my inbox.
      I DO have some chocolate for you…out in the shed with the good nectar 😉

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      1. I’m so sorry that you’ve had a rough week. I should have known when your name popped into my head this morning without prompting–I can typically sense things like that. I will most certainly read it and don’t worry about me being depressed. I’m in a permanent “state of Alice” this week and that makes everything bearable.
        Here…take my bon bons, too.

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  5. I love that you’re doing Alice this week! I’m in a very Alice mood, or mayhaps Madhatterish would be it. My parents both read to me, or my Mom read to me and my Father made up outlandishly insane stories (I preferred Dad’s stories lol). I was never without a book as a kid and if you were looking for me more than likely you could find me in the library having pulled down a bunch of books and sitting in the aisle in the middle of them, I don’t think the librarians could decide if they loved me or hated me 😉 I read and made up stories for all 3 kids, though by kid number three I no longer actually needed the books to read Dr Seuss, I think most of his work is permanently etched into my brain now LOL

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    1. Awww…thanks, Jennie! I’m definitely having fun with this. The challenge is finding/taking pictures that make sense with the passages.
      I loved hearing about your Dad’s stories and how your mom read to you, too…great memories! Your kiddos will remember your stories for years to come, too.
      Thank you SO much for stopping by…I truly am putting this together as a tribute to you, my fellow Alice lover.
      xo, Michelle

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      1. I’m loving the pictures you’ve come up with so far, but I’ve yet to see a picture from you I didn’t love!

        Thank you so much, I’m truly, truly enjoying all the Wonderland and it’s making my week so much, just … muchier better! 🙂 xo

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    2. I totally forgot to tell you that I read to my husband last night 🙂
      I had my computer out, phone, camera and 3 versions of Alice in Wonderland scattered on the kitchen counter. In my best Alice voice, I said, “Well, I haven’t had any yet, so I can’t have any more.” To which hubby replied, “You mean you can’t have any less.” And then my son chimed in, “Clean cup! Clean cup! Move down! Move down!” (The power of Disney!)

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  6. I loved reading as a child, and still do. I do remember that ‘Through the Looking Glass” gave me a horrendous nightmare, where I was being chased by the Red Queen, shouting “off with her head.” 😯

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    1. Oh so sorry for memories of the nightmares! I’ve always had a love/scared to death relationship with Alice…I am enjoying her more now that I’m an adult. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
      (No heads were offed in the writing of this post!!)

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  7. Ah, yes… I remember this feeling of enchantment very well. Even though I continue to read amazing things as a “grown up” I feel like nothing quite taps into that part of my soul like a good children’s book.

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    1. Hey Aussa! I’m so glad to have struck your memory chord. The week of Alice (on the photo site) has been a lot of fun, but challenging! How do you photograph “muchness” or “madness” or “curious”? It’s also helped me see that I need a fancy new camera 🙂 Thanks again for stopping by!
      xo, Michelle

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  8. Oh my! I remember reading a lot of graphic stories back then as a boy — books like Peter Pan, Aladdin and the lamp, etc. My choice changed with age, though. I didn’t get the privilege of having my parents read these stories to me, but I wish they had, really.

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog today and hope to visit more often after my recovery. Terrific photos.

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    1. Hello! Thank you so much for the kind comments. I’m glad you stumbled upon me, too..it led me to your site which is so positive and daresay–enchanting! Wishes for a speedy recovery and look forward to reading more of your blog when you get back.

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