The Velveteen Rabbit

I made brief mention of The Velveteen Rabbit in a previous post. There, I gave you the following quote:

From The Velveteen Rabbit, written by Margery Williams:

“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 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.”

As mentioned before, this is one of my all time favorites. Right up there with The Wind in the Willows, Small Pig, Charlotte’s Web, and the list goes on. I don’t mention The Hobbit, because of course! That’s got to be the most important book to me as a child. So it probably deserves its own post someday. What children’s books am I missing? Which made the biggest impact on you?

After I made that post, I made a serendipitous find. A velveteen rabbit pendant! Ohmygoshohmygosh I had to have it. So I bought it.

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It’s perfect, and I’m wearing it right now. It’s such a sweet little reminder of the joys and sorrows of life and love and belonging. What it means to age gracefully in the company of loved ones. A reminder to embrace our “flaws” and appreciate them for demonstrating the character we’ve earned through the struggles and joys and myriad experiences of life. Embrace them. They’re visual reminders, signposts, of what made us who we are, in the end.

As for The Velveteen Rabbit, you may read the story here. But I encourage you to purchase your own copy, particularly if there are any children in your life that need to be introduced to it. My copy was stolen long ago. One of these days, I’m gonna buy a supernice one. Just for me. Because. Well because maybe I deserve it.

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20 thoughts on “The Velveteen Rabbit

  1. So many memories captured in that beautiful pendant.Looking at your hand holding it , seeing all the lines deep lines , long ones ,short ones, telling the story of your life…………… never forget to live……

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  2. I absolutely adore The Velveteen Rabbit! All time favorite along with The Secret Garden. The first time I read The Velveteen Rabbit to my daughter she sat down and wrote love letters to her favorite stuffed animals so they could all become real. It was so precious. I still have those letters.

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    1. Oooooo The Secret Garden! How could I forget?! That’s a major all-time fave for me, too!

      And that story you shared about your daughter’s love letters is so touching it made me cry. Happy tears. I’m so glad you kept them and cherish them. I can’t say how special that is…but something tells me I don’t have to. 🙂

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    1. It makes me cry every time. And it’s so dear to my heart…thank you for commenting on this. I’ve been wearing that pendant every day. It’s a nice reminder. Maybe..maybe I’m real to somebody. And if not, I know I was. And once you’re real…. 🙂

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