A “Real” Friend by Margery Williams
from The Velveteen Rabbit
“What is real?” asked the rabbit one day.
“Does it mean having things that buzz inside you,
and a stick out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you were made,” said the Skin Horse,
“it’s a thing that happens to you.
When a child loves you for a long time, not just to play with,
but really loves you, then you become Real.
It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse.
“You become. It takes a long time…”
“Generally, by the 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.”
My blessings to all those who are “Real”…
~ Theresa ~