Tuesday, November 22, 2005

SPT {Identity - 4}


I AM
BECOMING

REAL

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day...
"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you..."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "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 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."
from The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

30 Comments:

Blogger jodi said...

That's one of my favourite stories, and it still makes me cry to read it. As a child I always wondered if the rabbit would have a new name when he became real, like the skin horse who is skin, a living thing, rather than leather.

6:53 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

I'm chocking up here...This is beautiful and feels like it's reaching out to me; out to just barely brush past my skin...

7:03 PM  
Blogger Misty Mawn said...

~~~~~wow~~~~
I love how you took such a wonderful excerpt from an outstanding book and made it fit so very perfectly for your spt!

I love checking in here...I just know I will always feel an emotion...a connection... from your creative life! :)

7:28 PM  
Blogger Dominique said...

Lovely photo. And this is one of my favorite passages. I had put my daughter's special bunny through the wash and wondered how many more it will survive.

7:52 PM  
Blogger acumamakiki said...

Absolutely inspired lovliness.

8:03 PM  
Blogger ESB said...

REAL is where it's at....there isn't a nobler goal (in my opinion).....

8:46 PM  
Blogger MizCarla said...

Oh my gosh I can SO relate to this. Tis so true!

Carla

9:38 PM  
Blogger lisa s said...

lovely sentiments! to go with a lovely photo....

10:53 PM  
Blogger telfair said...

That is a really touching post -- like everyone else has commented, a lovely pic of you and an absolutely perfect passage to go with it!

11:33 PM  
Blogger Deb R said...

Perfect, Michelle!

5:44 AM  
Blogger kelly said...

wow...powerful

5:59 AM  
Blogger Frankie said...

This is absolutely phenomenal! Thanks so much for sharing this quote. It's currently my new away message on instant messenger. It's funny how children's books always seem to capture the essence of humanity. I am completely in love with this.

7:43 AM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

Beautiful. So happy to be back home so I can read your posts daily again. This is one of my favorite stories. What a wonderful picture as well.

8:17 AM  
Blogger Glamorous Jo said...

Beautiful photo....beautiful words....

9:41 AM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

that so totally took me back...
i haven't read that book in years
but suddenly, i was that age again.

beautiful picture too...

:)

10:06 AM  
Blogger mati rose said...

wow, that is perfect! you are amazing to juxtapose that with your beautiful photo. ps- your food list made me drool! i grew up on cauliflower cassarolles (sp?), but a bite of steak here or there is divine:)

10:42 AM  
Blogger Living Part Deux said...

It's wonderful. Made me tear up. Adults need to read that story at least every three or four years. The picture - breathtaking.

1:01 PM  
Blogger Karina said...

I get it and it is beautiful but I am tried of being real. I want to be carefree,simple and unencumbered. :)

1:40 PM  
Blogger thinking girl said...

Michelle-

thank you. simply lovely. I'm so glad you shared.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

Lovely picture...I love your curious, yet content expression.

My husband took me on a scavenger hunt through a favorite used records and book store when we were dating. All the clues finally led me to a little copy of The Velvetten Rabbit, which he bought for me (along with a mini rabbit). That book warms my heart...

5:28 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

oh wow. this is beautiful, michelle.

5:41 PM  
Blogger kiki said...

beautiful photo

5:53 PM  
Blogger SlimAdam said...

great book, better picture. i love it.

12:33 AM  
Blogger sheela said...

so, so beautiful...

1:52 AM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

I really need to read The Velveteen Rabbit...

8:25 AM  
Blogger holli said...

That and The Giving Tree.. my favorites. When I used to teach, I could never read them to the class, because I would always start crying and the kids didn't understand why.

So sweet.

Happy Thanksgiving.

8:35 AM  
Blogger Bethany said...

Beautiful picture, and the accomanying quote really hit home. Thank you.

9:58 AM  
Blogger christina said...

I've always loved that story...but it didn't mean the same thing until I became a mother--then, all the adoring fistfulls of hair pulled, the scratches, the exhaustion of sleep interrupted. Now I too am becoming REAL...

8:23 PM  
Anonymous lela said...

this is a fabulous self portrait! i love that you quoted "the Velveteen Rabbit"... perfectly said!
thank you for your comment in my journal...
i'll be coming back here often to read. what an inspiring blog!

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Donna Maria said...

Michelle,
Blessings to you from Kentucky.
Love,
DM

12:35 PM  

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