Saturday, August 20, 2011

rabbit wisdom

I came across this quote from The Velveteen Rabbit on Ordinary Courage.
real = beautiful
Love it.

"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 often happen 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."


  1. Ah, a tear-jerker, even still :) xoxoxo

  2. The sentence, "It doesn't happen all at once. You become," has been a favourite of mine for many years. Thanks for reminding me of it Susie!


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