Thursday, November 15, 2007
To those who have loved me and cared for me and my family over the past month 1/2 - Thanks!!
This is my favorite portion from one of my favorite books- The Velveteen Rabbit- If you don't have it- use the excuse of Christmas to get your own copy!!
I want to say-one of my goals in life- after having gone through some pretty traumatic things as a teenager was to not become bitter- but to become better. To no matter how hard it was - crack my plastic mask - and even if it hurt to be real- Thus- this is one of my favorite books....
"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."
"I suppose you are real?" said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled.