If you love it enough, it will become real

If you are not familiar with the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, watch this video first:


Sadly, Meryl Streep only tells the first part of the tale in her lilting, masterful story voice. But this is the part of the story I wanted to talk about anyway.

What is real? the Rabbit asks.

I love how being ‘real’ is equated with the necessary passing of time, and more importantly, with love. And that weathered by life, one actually becomes more lovable.

The rest of the story is really beautiful so if you haven’t read it, seek it out–easy enough to do online these days.

The moral of the story is so simple: if you love it enough, it will become real.

“Once you are real, you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”


Filed under Non-fiction

2 responses to “If you love it enough, it will become real

  1. This is one of my favourite stories too Margaret.
    We teach our kids if they want something (real) badly enough, they can get it. A challenge when it comes to dissuading the younger ones from wanting ‘every’ Barbie in the world…..but great for the older ones that want the full Harry Potter Book collection :0)

  2. I’ve always loved this story, thanks for the reminder. I also think that it’s a story of faith (not religion) and persistence, which often accompany love. In our ADHD world it’s often easy to forget that some of the best things in life are worth waiting for. 🙂 You can actually get a full recording of Meryl reading The Velveteen Rabbit that she did with George Winston.

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