Alice Visits Us On Easter SundaySunday, April 04, 2010
"The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won't be raving mad -- at least not so mad as it was in March."
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Our expectations for a pleasant Easter weekend were shattered by our 36-hour power failure. But by Sunday morning things were back to normal and I prepped the meal we were originally going to have on Saturday night. The girls appeared by noon all dolled up in dresses.
Lauren had so enjoyed the 3-D Alice In Wonderland last week that I had proposed that we dress her up to look like Alice. I would have normally photographed her in the garden but it was much too cold and rainy for that. Rebecca did her hair and the makeup (during our session Lauren had tears coming down as the makeup was bothering her). Lauren had the idea that we use a pocket watch to suggest indirectly the White Rabbit. The rabbit hand puppet was given to her mother by my Aunt Fermina Miranda back in the early 70s.
I took pictures using b+w film with my Mamiya but I also shot Fuji instant pictures which are the ones you see here.
We had a fire in the den and our dinner was a pleasant affair. It ended with my two daughters and Rosemary discussing mortgages at the dinner table while Rebecca, Lauren and I sat by the fire. I was pleasantly surprised when Rebecca asked me if she could borrow my leather-bound edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Sir John Tennile.
It was Brother Edwin Reggio, CSC who explained to me so many years ago the significance of the Easter Rabbit.
“All of you may have noticed how hares appear here and then suddenly disappear and appear there. It is the same with Christ after his Resurrection. There were rumors of him appearing here and there and of penetrating walls. All these rumors were doubted by the Apostle Thomas. As for the eggs they represent Christ’s tomb.”
As everybody went home and Rosemary and I enjoyed the luxury of a warm house and bed it occurred to me once again how nice it is to have two delightful granddaughters and how lucky I am that they are not two little boys!