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On Becoming Real

My favorite Christmas passage I'm sharing with you today. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas! Until next year, read romance and give all the love your heart has the capacity for. Love you all…..

“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 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 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.”    —The Velveteen Rabbit

 
I hope that all your hair is rubbed off, and your joints get loose and you get good and shabby. I hope you are loved hard, and forever.
  • Thank you, Sharon! Right back at you!

    • Sharon

      Thank you, Beth!

  • Lynne

    Thanks for being reminded of being real and being loved. Thank you for all your great books, you are one of my favorite writers. Here is wishing you a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.

  • Hi Sharon- I love this book and especially this passage. Thanks for sharing it. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

  • Kathryn Peretto

    How beautiful and heartfelt. Thank you.

  • Suzanne Stark

    I recognized that passage from the first sentence. It was my favorite book when I was a kid and I still treasure it to this day. Thanks for the smile you put on my face.

  • Robyn K

    That’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

  • ELF

    I love that story and this particular passage! Thank you for reminding us the meaning of the season and best wishes to you and your family!

  • Mary C Silvestri

    I had forgotten how beautiful that passage is. Thank you so much for the reminder.

    Merry Christmas and God Bless!

  • Jennifer Cowan

    That’s one of my all-time favorite books. I still have the one I received as a child. Thank you! Have a blessed, loved day with your family.
    Merry Christmas 🎄🎁

  • Ila

    Love that story! It is the phrase I put for my sons HS graduation! My kindergarten class class enjoyed it as well! I still have my rabbit in his stocking!

  • Wanda Thomas

    Just a note to say I enjoy your military romances! I am 64, and I’ve enjoyed romance since about age 13. I have 9 of your books. Hope you’ve had a Merry Christmas!

    Wanda Thomas
    Bullard, Texas

  • Thank you for sharing the passage from The Velveteen Rabbit. It brings back so many memories of when my children were small. I will be 76 in February, have 5 children, 12 grandchildren, and 18 greatgrandchildren. I am an avid reader, almost buried in books. lol

  • Alice Boni

    Dear Sharon, what a beautifl thouught to share with us. I couldn’t place where I had heard the words before—but than it has been a long time since I read The Velveteen Rabbit(all of 70 years at least) but the words still ring true. Thank you for the reminder and the wish. May the New Year bring you Joy, Happiness and love in abundance. sincerely, /alice

  • Vicki Flynn

    Hoping you had a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for sharing that passage. I had forgotten all about it.
    Have a super New Year

  • LINDA M.

    THIS BOOK WAS READ TO MY CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND NOW MY GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A COMFORD TO ALL OF US AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER. I STILL HAVE OUR ORIGINAL COPY AND STILL CHECK IT OUT MYSELF. IT MAY BE A LITTLE WORN OK A LOT WORN BUT IT WILL REMAIN WITH ME FOREVER.
    HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A FANTASTIC NEW YEAR!!!!!

  • Karen W. Johnston

    Thank you Ms. Hamilton. Wishing you and your family a very real, Happy Christmas and Merry New Year.

  • Patti

    Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing one of the most important lines in The Velveteen Rabbit, my favorite book of all time (followed closely by Charlotte’s Web). I try to find this book at area bookstores each time a child is born in my circle of friends and family, but it is becoming more and more difficult to find in print. You have reminded everyone of why this is such a wonderful book to share with our latest generation of children. May your wish for us be my wish for you as well!