Wednesday, February 14, 2007

"What is REAL?"...

...asked the Rabbit one day,
when they were lying side by side.
"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,
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,"
the Rabbit 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."
"Once you are Real you can't become unreal again.
It lasts for always."

from 'The Velveteen Rabbit'
by Margery Williams
Happy Valentine's Day!

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