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prissi: and You call me beautiful
Saturday

to be real is to be vulnerable. to be vulnerable is to be free.

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child really 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 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 joins and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly."

   - excerpted from The Velveteen Rabbit.
children, listen: "the beauty of heaven is here in my heart and I know there can be no greater love"
my heart is: sleepy

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That is one of my favorite stories. Period.

Of course, I'm nearly 30, and I still own the bunny rabbit that I was given as an infant, and my bunny is real, so I'm biased. :)
I fucking LOVE that book. It's so gorgeous and was very dear to me as a little girl...it still makes me cry. ;_;

I love that book. <3