What Is Real?
Margery Williams, From The Velveteen Rabbit
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when he and the Skin Horse were lying side by side near the nursery fender….
“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