Friday, November 20, 2015

A story for children and you and me .............

“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.

said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 
"When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.” 

“Of what use was it to be loved 
and lose one's beauty 
and become Real if it all ended like this? 
And a tear, 
a real tear, 
trickled down his little shabby velvet nose 
and fell to the ground.” 

'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. 
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.” 

― Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit