Off with their Heads…
One of my favorite childhood movies is Alice in Wonderland based upon the book written by Lewis Carroll. The idea of this little girl following a rabbit down a hole in the ground into a strange and fascinating world has such a magical quality. Oh the characters she meets! The rabbit, the caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire cat and the Queen of Hearts are all strange and fascinating indeed! January 27th is the birthday of Lewis Carroll and although he passed away many years ago today I celebrate his birthday and his everlasting tale of Alice with a special lunchbox!
In Chapter 8 of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland our heroine comes across the Queen’s Croquet Ground. She encounters a very unusual sight; card gardeners painting white roses red! Their explanation hints at the tempestuous nature of their sovereign, the Queen of Hearts! The Queen arrives with the King and her fleet of card soldiers who do her bidding.
“Five and Seven said nothing, but looked at Two. Two began in a low voice, ‘Why the fact is, you see, Miss, this here ought to have been a red rose-tree, and we put a white one in by mistake; and if the Queen was to find it out, we should all have our heads cut off, you know. So you see, Miss, we’re doing our best, afore she comes, to — ‘ At this moment Five, who had been anxiously looking across the garden, called out ‘The Queen! The Queen!’ and the three gardeners instantly threw themselves flat upon their faces. There was a sound of many footsteps, and Alice looked round, eager to see the Queen.”
The frightened but brave Alice confronts the Queen and winds up playing a bizarre game of Croquet until the whole wild scene is interrupted by the Cheshire cat.
My lunchbox today is a depiction of one of the Queen’s card soldiers. A strawberry cream cheese sandwich serves as the body of the soldier with a strawberry head and a strawberry staff. The letter “A” has been cut from cheese and mini chocolate chips are used for face details. I also included orange slices and broccoli as snacks. Nestled in this fresh produce are a rabbit and mushroom food picks giving a nod to other scenes within the book. Finally Pirate’s Booty holds additional food picks, a club and a spade.
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My lunchbox today is part of a link party in celebration of Lewis Carroll’s birthday. Check it out!