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 cant be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.
This story breaks my heart every time. I can’t stand that the boy gives his rabbit away, even though the rabbit is taken to a new and wonderful place. It’s too terrible. Growing up, outgrowing things you loved, leaving them behind, wonderful for the boy, heartbreaking for the rabbit. Life is a dichotomy…it’s never simple and a rabbit who gave nothing but love is discarded to fend for himself. Too terrible. Too, too terrible.