Monday, January 20, 2014

Being Real

In my last post "Better Days" I mentioned being Real.  The definition of "real" is up to the person using or hearing the word.

The source of the word, however, is the much loved children's classic "The Velveteen Rabbit."


I am trying to be Real.  It is hard.  I just hope the last sentence is true.


EXCERPT FROM THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
By Margery Williams
 
"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 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 all 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."
 
 

 
 

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