“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” The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson. Published in 1922 has remained a favorite of teachers and parents for decades and in a 2007 online poll by the National Education Association was named the book on its “Teachers Top 100 Books for Children” . This is my nod to “Children’s Book Day”.
The Velveteen Rabbit addresses the need to be loved and the process of “becoming real”. If you haven’t read the story, you should. It reminds me of a cross between Pixar’s “Toy Story” and “Pinocchio” life in general and what really matters. Which at this stage of my game reminded me that the process of aging is actually the process of “becoming real”. If you’re lucky.
Today – be gentle to yourself whatever age you are. Read “The Velveteen Rabbit” again or for the first time. You can enjoy it free online here
Watch this bit of fun about really becoming Real i.e. ( How to Age Gracefully)
“Because 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