Sunday, August 28, 2016

REAL . . .

"What is REAL?" the Velveteen Rabbit asked the Skin Horse 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 Velveteen 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," 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.
But once you are Real you can't become unreal again.
It lasts for always."
The Velveteen Rabbit
Margery Williams
A Favorite Quote
school time is here
having warm cookies and some good books on hand
for the grands and greats
is a very sweet moment
especially when you live close by
reading a book to someone precious works on face time too
(warm cookies probably not so much)
warm cookies for a senior in high school
will be a fun day
no act of kindness,
no matter how small,
is ever wasted.


eileeninmd said...

Spending time with the grands and great-grands is a REAL special time. Enjoy!

Have a happy Sunday and wqeek ahead!

TexWisGirl said...

may we all be 'real' some day. :)

Gail said...

You have just quoted from one of my favorite books. Ditto what Tex said.

Weekend-Windup said...

Enjoyed your post...

MarmePurl said...

The words I needed at this moment in time. How do you always know?
And yes, Tex said it best.

Missy George said...

It's been a long time since I've heard anyone mention "The Velveteen Rabbit"..Thanks for the reminder..Good luck tomorrow..

Deanna said...

Yes, spending time with family is always at the top of my list. Will be back in your corner of the world again next week. Wave to me as I do the same!!

susan said...

Thank you for this, Lynne. Beautiful post. xo

Margaret Adamson said...

always tresure time spent with the family

Sarah Huizenga said...


Jeanie said...

I'm so looking forward to the day I can read that story to little KevMo. (Soon we'll find out if it's a boy or girl!). One of my favorite books. Sigh...

Summer said...

I had to bookmark this! This is 'real' inspiration ♥

Kate @ Daffodils said...

What lucky great and grands to have you there being real for them. Such a wonderful time!