Sunday, 27 March 2011

A special post - Wishing you a wonderful birthday Shell

A special post - Wishing you a wonderful birthday Shell

Excerpt from "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 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."

"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. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all 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."


  1. One of my favorite passages from the book, Jules. Thank you for joining the party. I know Shell will appreciate it!

    Happy Sunday.

  2. This is a lovely, lovely post Jules. Very appropriate and so thoughtful.
    Thanks as well for joining in on the party - it's such fun to do this for Shell.

  3. Oh thank you sooooooooooo much dearest friend of mine! A happy birthday I have indeed had because of the beautiful people I am blessed to call friends. Love ya bunches and bunches!
    Real friends forever! ;)
    xx, shell


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