Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen
"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"
With all the Queens in Alice in Wonderland, it is no wonder that most people assume that The Red Queen and The Queen of Hearts are one and the same. Lately, I think Teri and I have been incorporating elements of both--or, perhaps, doing our best impersonations. She is definitely more the Red Queen and I have been the very reluctant embodiment of The Queen of Hearts in the last couple weeks. Between us, we have the passion, fury, formality, structure and pedantry of the characters from Lewis Carroll's books.
The Queen had only one way of settling all difficulties, great or small. 'Off with his head!' she said, without even looking round.
Don't I wish? Yes! There have been moments lately when I have so wanted to take the easy route to moving things along. Alas, in a grown-up world of compromise, inclusion and patience, it has been necessary to employ diplomacy and negotiations. By the end of every day, I have been exhausted from the trials of communication. By the end of every day, Teri has been exhausted from the trials of work and effort--day in and day out, as if on a treadmill--both of us doing our very best to stay motivated while reminding ourselves that everything in life is only temporary.
It takes all the running we can do, you see, just to keep things moving along...