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The Velveteen Rabbit

I’m going to share with you an extract from one of the most moving stories I have ever read, I often need a handkerchief by my side as I read it. In this world there’s so many things that are false so many of us are looking for what is real. The title of this is – What is real? it comes from the book called The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.

“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 that 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.

That’s why it doesn’t often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or 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 for people who don’t understand.

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