Monday, June 4, 2012

Little Red Riding Hood Starring as The Question Who

So I’ve been mixin’ it up a little around here. Several Mondays ago Hansel & Gretel starred as the question why. Today Little Red Riding Hood makes her debut as the question who. This has always been one of my favorite things about blogging. I get to publish my brain play.

Hope you glean something from it…
Little Red Riding Hood as Who:

Because Little Red Riding Hood is especially close to grandmother, her mother asks her to take her a bottle of wine and cake to help her illness. (Wine, hmm.)
Who aims to please, seeking out ways to connect and unite with others.

LLR’s grandmother lives deep in the woods. A wolf meets her on the path. Her mother told her not to stroll from the path. LLR doesn’t understand the extent of the wolf’s wickedness; therefore, she’s not afraid of him.
Who can be easily deceived, wanting to believe the best in people (or wolves for that matter). It takes Who time and experience to discern.

The wolf asks where LLR’s going and what she has in her apron, then where her grandmother lives. LLR tells him exactly where.
Whether from naivety, lack of experience, or will to trust, Who has been known to be easily manipulated.

The wolf thinks LLR a “tender young creature”. They walk together as the wolf points the beautiful flowers in the woods.
Who is prone to distraction, prone to wander.

RRH strays off the path and picks flowers for her grandmother.
Who strays, sometimes with the best of intentions.

The wolf escapes RRH and runs to the grandmother’s house, tricking the old lady into thinking he’s RRH.
There are always circumstances occurring outside of Who’s awareness and realm of judgment.

RRH gathers so many flowers she can hardly carry them all.

Who is about to find out even best intentions can carry grave consequences.

LLR has an “uneasy” & “strange” feeling upon entering her grandmother’s already open door.
Who’s instincts have already equipped her with far more than she understands.

LLR mentions her grandmother’s big ears, to which the wolf replies…the better to hear you with.
Who gets a red flag, its pole lodged in her throat.

LLR mentions her grandmother’s big eyes, to which the wolf replies…the better to see you with.
Second red flag.

LLR mentions her grandmother’s big hands (which is altogether funny b/c wolves have paws), to which the wolf replies…the better to hug you with.
Three strikes & you’re out? Not quite, Who has one more observation, careful not to be too quick to judge.

She mentions her grandmother’s big mouth, to which the wolf replies…the better to eat you with.
Ding. Ding. Ding. Who is convinced. No more Hoodie Nice Guy. But it’s too late for Who.

The wolf swallows LLR.
Who is often swallowed up by outside influences. Who becomes lost in dark, scary places—when she’s surrounded by those lacking genuine care for her well being.

A huntsman stumbles upon the cottage and thinks perhaps the wolf has eaten the grandmother. He cuts open the stomach of sleeping wolf.
Who needs rescue.

RRH and her grandmother climb out of the wolf alive.
Who needs not fear permanent darkness. Who lives.

RRH fills the wolf’s belly with stones to weigh him down. The wolf dies.

Who acts on discernment, not letting the enemy defeat her.

The huntsman takes the wolf skin, grandmother drinks the wine and eats the cake, and RRH tells herself she’ll never leave the path again.
Who makes a plan.

During another skip through the woods, as RRH takes more cake & wine (gotta love it) to granny, a wolf attempts the same shenanigan.
Who is not immune to future attacks.

LLR & granny lock the wolf out. Wolf waits them out, intending to eat RRH on her way home. But the grandmother suspects his wicked plan.
Who is best with a partner, a helper, a friend. Two are better than one.

Granny hatches a plan for RRH to take sausages to a trough. Tempted by the meat, the wolf sniffs and falls deep in the trough.
Who’s enemies are predictable.

RRH goes joyously home.
Who is like the wise man? Who knows the explanation of things? Wisdom brightens a man’s face and changes its hard appearance.” Ecc. 8:1

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” James 3:13

Do you see Who in the Hood? Ever feel like Who?

*photos by stock.XCHNG

29 comments:

  1. Really? The wolf ate both the grandma and LRR and they both live? And the wolf doesn't bleed to death when the huntsman cuts him open? Sorry. Got distracted. Just like LLR. :)

    The Who you painted kind of has a Biblical ring to it. I can relate to straying, getting distracted from the "big picture" at times. But when we turn to God's Word we're able to discern better. We do not need to fear darkness. We're never immune to the enemy but we're not left alone to fight him.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yep, exactly, it's His Word & Truth that helps us to discern better. So needed this reminder tonight.

      And crazy story, eh? I love the "big hands" part b/c clearly the wolf has paws. Wonder how he pulled off that switcheroo.
      ~ Wendy

      Delete
  2. Boy, can I relate to Who. Particularly this week with getting swallowed up by outside influences. Love how you paint darkness and light here, Wendy. Thanks for inspiring me to be in the light at all times. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I tend to cater these to what I've either recently gone through or what I've gone through so many times writing about it seems only natural. So yeah, I get the whole swallowed up deal, too.
      ~ Wendy

      Delete
  3. Very cool, Wendy! I love it when your brain throws these creative things our way!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My brain cracks me up. Constant entertainment, I tell ya!
      ~ Wendy

      Delete
  4. Wow, great observations. Especially the fact that LRR was not immune to future attacks. Sometimes we get past one attack and then think we're all good from then on out. Not so much.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I take comfort in one thing though (actually more than one, but this is a biggie). The wolf usually sticks to the same old tricks. He knows what works best. Most of it gets to feel familiar after it has been tried once or twice. We can be seeking out troughs and keeping our eyes fixed on the path.
      ~ Wendy

      Delete
  5. Totally reminds me of the hymn we sang in church yesterday.

    Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love. Take my heart, Lord, take and seal it. Seal it for thy courts above.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. How cool that you just heard that one yesterday. Yep, I was going for those exact song lyrics. Love that you picked up on it.
      ~ Wendy

      Delete
    2. I sang that on Sunday night. We sang that at our wedding.
      "Tune my heart to sing thy grace".
      You know, to tune something takes a perfect ear and only the leader needs the right note, every else neds just to listen.

      Delete
  6. This is so cool! I love your creativity.

    And I love the part about LRR needing rescued. That's me so often...but too often I fail to see it...I think I can rescue myself. Ridiculous!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I tend to be ridiculous like that too- who do I think I am to be able to rescue myself? That is if I even realize I need rescuing.

      Delete
    2. I'm right there with you ladies. Something I need to learn again and again and again. Oy. I must be a slow learner!

      Delete
  7. creative and powerful! Great job.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks TC. It sank in as I was writing it, too. If nothing else I know I'm encouraging myself by these brain play posts. ;-)

      Delete
  8. What a great break down. I think I get caught up in the why and neglect the who.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, Hansel & Gretel were Why a few weeks ago. Technically all of these parties are deep in the woods. I could probably have a field day finding all the similarities between these two stories. So Grimm! Next up I do believe is Where. I'll leave it a surprise who debuts as Where.

      Delete
  9. I love fairytale reinterpretations. I think that's why they stand the test of time and appeal to us so much...we can always find some piece of ourselves within them.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So true! Scariest thing is when I recognize myself as the wolf. That helps most for writing my antagonists. And for being uber thankful for grace.
      ~ Wendy

      Delete
  10. Yes, I find myself easily distracted as who. Love your brain play. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I found it poignant that LLR's intentions were so pure--to get flowers for granny. But even those can set us up for some pretty gnarly consequences sometimes.

      Delete
  11. I love the timelessness and broad appeal of fairytales and the overarching lessons they teach, which is exactly why they were created in the first place.

    "Who is prone to distraction, prone to wonder." I can relate to Who. Sometimes I fall into trouble when I've been prone to wonder and my attention has been distracted from the real Thing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Happens more than I'd like to admit.

      And how freaky some of the fairytales are. "Say kids, let me tell you the story about a cutie pie little girl veered from the path and got tricked by a wolf. No worries though little one, the wolf got slashed open after he ate the cutie pie little girl and her granny. And hooray, they lived..." Cra-zy!

      Delete
  12. This was great! I'm a big fairy tale fan! Yep, I've been Who!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I had to resist some of the other fun thoughts that came to mind as I wrote this post like...

      "Who are you, who who who who...I really wanna know..."

      or

      "Horton hears a what? A who?"

      Heck, I even had to resist any and all temptation to include any owl references.

      ;-)

      Delete
  13. Thanks for your visits today. Had our dog take down a chipmunk once it got free from our drain pipe. Saw a beaver snacking on our backyard. Quite a day for animal lessons around here.

    Pumped so many of my close friends are receiving great news in the industry!

    Next up for these brain plays...Where!

    Who's on first. No, Why was on first.
    Okay, enough. Goodnight.
    ~ Wendy

    ReplyDelete
  14. Wake up!!!
    I was almost too stupid to live yesterday, and couldn't get the "comment as" thing to work. Clearly today I'm ready to split atoms on my lunch break.

    "Who" me? Of course I recognized everyone I don't like as 'who', but since I'm perfect, I saw myself as the smart one.

    Or not.

    Sometimes I wonder if God gets tired of rolling His eyes and just holds up a sign that says "You know, you could just listen to me?"

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Wish I could click like on this one. LOL. I get it. I so get it.

      Delete