“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin hare. “It’s a thing that comes not 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.”
I once read a novel by Danielle Steele where she used an excerpt from the Velveteen Rabbit as the introduction. I was so confused at first then and went in search of the Rabbit instead of reading Steele’s enchanting novel. When I was done with my research, I found this! Which of course I am sharing for free, please do download and read as your Christmas Boxed gift from me.
Okay ye lazy readers, it’s a vintage 1922 copy which is quite rare. It is also approximately twelve pages, with font size of fourteen, which makes it a very very short read. Now do me the favor of scrolling back up and downloading it or follow the link The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams to download.
Here was the excerpt Danielle Steele used;
. . . “Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin hare. “It’s a thing that comes not 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 hare, 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 often happen 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 … but once you are Real, you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.” . . .
Real, Love. Love, Real. Interchanged them and get the deeper meaning if you have not. This was written 94 years ago and is still applicable now. Marriage, Friendship, Partnership and in all Ships. Nothing really changes. A big thanks to Margery Williams who thought she was writing for children.
I was glued after that and made a promise to make people around me Real. So do you feel Real? How do you make people around you Real in times like this?
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