“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t often happen 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.”
— Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
This is one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite children’s books. I like to think that some of my old, well loved stuffed animals have made the transition to “Real.” They wouldn’t win any prizes for looks and I’m pretty sure they’re held together by nothing but love at this point, but they were/are special to me and they all hold special memories.
What about you? Did you have a favourite stuffed animal that became “Real” because of love?