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.”