Friday, May 28, 2010


"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. It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. 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.”"
From the Velveteen Rabbit by Marjorie Williams

Sometimes as a Mother, I feel like I have grown all loose in the joints and rather shabby. But who wouldn't want to be real?


Anonymous said...

Just BEAUTIFUL Sarah x

imba said...

I love this book too! My husband is a photographer, and used this theme for an exhibtion he shot of a shabby (but very vibrant and real) part of Wellington (the Cuba quarter). It's a wonderful story, and as a Mum also, I totally get what you mean!

RosieP said...

Lovely post, have a great weekend

Hugs RosieP x


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