Friday, February 05, 2010


"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 loose in your 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."


The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

13 Comments:

Blogger Pseudonymph said...

But people that matter only take notice of the quality of the stuffing, anyway. Not the material on the outside.

February 6, 2010 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger WrathofDawn said...

True dat!

February 6, 2010 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger owntwohands said...

I used to love that book as a child...

February 6, 2010 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger WrathofDawn said...

Do you know, I never read it as a child. I didn't get to read it until I had kids. But I love it still.

February 6, 2010 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger owntwohands said...

That's funny, considering that it was originally published in 1922... Heck, your parents could conceivably have read it as children.

But hey, I never read Watership Down as a kid... Still haven't, actually.

February 7, 2010 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger TRT said...

"I'm going to pet you and squeeze you and hug you and hug you and call you George."

Some people would rather be pretty and unreal.

My favourite book as a child was "King of the Copper Mountain".

February 8, 2010 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

I loved the Velveteen Rabbit. One of my other faves was a book called Charlie. Charlie was a cat that waltzed into a neighbourhood and ended up being adopted by everyone.

February 8, 2010 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger #Debi said...

I think I'm almost real...

February 8, 2010 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger TRT said...

Not Six Dinner Sid, Erin? I love Six Dinner Sid.

February 8, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I don't know Six Dinner Sid...But now I have to look it up. I have a soft spot for good children's stories. =)

February 9, 2010 at 8:12 AM  
OpenID coopernicus said...

outstanding passage...ship it to California...

February 10, 2010 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger powdergirl said...

One of my favorite books : )

February 11, 2010 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Pearl said...

One of my favorites as well. Poignant sentiments we're wise to remember...

Pearl

February 12, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

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