Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Becoming Real

ed & velveteen rabbit
Edward & "Bunny", 1994

"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." - from the "Velveteen Rabbit"

4 comments:

ELK said...

one of my very favorites...oh how we read that so long ago thank you for the reminder today J ~ ELK

spread your wings said...

also one of my favorite stories. T had that same velveteen bunny - he's so soft - I still have him stored away.

ispeakbeanish said...

I've still got my favorite stuffed animal from when I was little. They're just something special.

Bob said...

This is one of my absolute favorite passages from a book! Cute bunny, Edward.