The Velveteen Rabbit

If you have not read The Velveteen Rabbit this year, this is a great week to do that! This little children’s story is filled with adult wisdom. In one of my favorite parts, the little rabbit is asking the skin horse about being real. The conversation sounds like this: “What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“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.”

Let’s spend 2008 becoming more and more real and vulnerable to those that we love. Read this classic at TheVelveteen Rabbit

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2 responses to “The Velveteen Rabbit

  1. That passage you quoted from Velveteen Rabbit is one of my all time favorites. Isn’t being real what it is all about?

  2. Absolutely, Dorothy! and the older I get, the more truth there is in loving one another and being real — everything else seems to fade in importance! Thank you for your comment! I appreciate your reading my little blog!

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