Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thoughts On Being Real...

"What is REAL?"..."Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made. 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?"

"Sometimes, but when you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up, or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once. 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 have to be carefully kept..."

"...Generally, by they time you are Real, most of your hair has been rubbed 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."

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams


Mrs.HansenHomeschools said...

That was the first novel I ever read by myself, and I read it every year over and over again, it still makes me cry, and I think has some of the best life lessons of any children's book. Thank you for reminding me!