It’s a thing that happens to you

“What is REAL?” asked the rabbit of the Skin Horse.

“Real isn’t how you are made,” was the answer. “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.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the horse.

“Does it happen all at once, or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once. You BECOME. It takes a long time, that’s why it doesn’t 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 those people who don’t understand.”

                                                                                                                                                  The Velveteen Rabbit.

9 thoughts on “It’s a thing that happens to you

  1. Never read the book, but I know this quote well, and it comes to me whenever I look at the plush animals scattered over my sofa – most on the wrong side of shabby – and all that can never be ugly.


  2. OH!!! That is my favorite book!!! Brings back memories. My grandma used to read that to me every time I went to her house. I never thought about how much there is under the words.


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