Thursday, August 18, 2011

What is REAL?

Growing up, one of my strongest memories is of my dad reading to me before bed. Sometimes if I'm reading the same book as one he read to me I can hear his voice saying the words. One book in particular has always had a special place in my heart:

I recently bought my very own copy of this book (thank you, Words Worth Books) and while reading through it again, was struck by this passage in particular:

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day... "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."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.
"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real, you don't mind being hurt... It doesn't happen all at once... 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."

I just love it.

1 comment:

  1. That is wonderful! I think I shall have to read this book in the very near future.