The Hatter was used to having unexpected guests drop by and always had a spare cup to give to those that did. It didn’t happen too often because most people in the neighborhood “knew” all about the hatter and were somewhat reluctant to hang out with him and his cronies. They would laugh at the oddest things for no apparent reason that a normal person could understand. The Hatter would hand you a cup of tea and immediately snatch it back as if he’d just seen something wicked crawl out from the cup. And then he’d forget to re-fill it and give it back to you. Then he’d ask how your tea was and when you looked at him blankly, he’d mutter something about ingratitude. All in all it was unsettling to say the least to drop by for a cup of tea. If one had the impulse to go, one usually thought better of it before long and would decide not to go…if you were wise that is. Be forewarned if you’ve never gone!
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Alice’s adventures were talked about for many years afterward. And truth be told from time to time when she thought about it herself, it was meeting up with the Caterpillar that crossed her mind the most. Because every time she purchased a pair of shoes, socks or gloves she could not help but feel a great deal of sympathy for the Caterpillar in spite of the fact that he hadn’t exactly been cordial at their first meeting. “Imagine having to pay for 20 pairs of shoes and gloves every time you needed new ones”, she would think to herself. And then she would be very glad all over again that she was back in a some what reasonable part of the Universe.
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According to her neighbors Alice was a strange little girl and given to being very dramatic and overly hysterical. When she came back with tales of a nightmarish adventure that she had supposedly lived through, there were not very many sympathetic ears to whom she could tell her tale. Some even mocked her and began to call the strange place she’d been to “Wonderland”. It was anything but wonderful to Alice. These days one would call what she suffered from PTSD. Not much was written about her after this episode but you have to wonder if she ever recovered and was able to live a “normal” life….
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PS ~ I’d like to acknowledge: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst for spoofing her title. This is a great book for kids and adults who like to read to kids (because they can pretend they’re only doing it for the kid 😉 ) On Amazon
eu·phe·mism [yoo-fuh-miz-uhm] noun 1. the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt. 2.the expression so substituted: “To pass away” is a euphemism for “to die.”
EX. Baby butterflies are born from a caterpillar blowing bubbles from a hooka…..
I decided to add to the list of Euphemisms for baby making- the stork, the cabbage patch, the birds and the bees, etc. Add a fascination with the caterpillar from “Alice in Wonderland” and you have this sketch. The caterpillar was the most magical character to me and the one that really made me realize Alice had really stepped through the looking glass.