Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’
‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.
‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’
‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’
‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.
~Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
One of my most favorite stories as a child…and even now. 🙂
I love this book! One of my favorite memories is listening to my son read this as a little boy. Thanks for posting BobbieZen!
OMG, I can’t believe you are quoting the Velveteen Rabbit!! A profound memory of that book from when I was a wee little boy!! 🙂
Good morning…this photo is of my little brother’s Snoopy and my bear, Patches… Snoopy lived with my Daddy for the past few decades, then came home with me in 2013, and just recently took a plane ride back to my brother so he could pass it on to his youngest son. Real as it gets. ♡
Glad you enjoyed this Cheryl Saavedra…thank you!