Quote: Velveteen Rabbit

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.

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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.

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21 Responses to Quote: Velveteen Rabbit

  1. ksbeth says:

    Same here- it tears me up

  2. Consider another way of seeing this bunny situation. The message I receive from this passage is about fully living a long life. At the end in this situation there is salvation. Loving our best reveals our beauty regardless of the ‘scars’ borne by our body. Yes….all matter of troubles have followed, but Rabbit has been truly loved and loves himself. You can’t throw that away.

    • You’re right, of course, but the part where they go their own ways, hurts. He doesn’t understand in the beginning. The boy is growing up and the rabbit has definitely been loved but, the rabbit watching love leave is heartbreaking. I want to take the bunny home and let him live with me. Like cats and dogs that people throw away. How do they understand? My friends dog had been given away so many times, for no particular reason, sweet and perfectly behaved Sheltie. When my friend got her she said that she had tried everything but the dog was standoffish and distant. I talked to the dog and she said that a she didn’t want to have her heart broken again. She didn’t want to love anyone and be given away again. I told my friend to talk to her. To tell her that she would always love her and stay with her. That she would never give her away and that she was home for good. She did that. She told her how much she loved her and that she was safe forever. They are so close now. They are happy together and love each other very much. My friend adores dogs and she is kind and gentle and once she told her dog the score, things were perfect. No one told the rabbit. I can’t stand to feel that horrible pain of being discarded, left behind without knowing why. It’s too terrible. Her dog had shut down because of that. What about the rabbit. He’s real to me.

      • Of course. The pain of separation. It feels unbearable. I’m so happy that her dog has found a forever home. I usually look for a hidden reason for all that happens. In no way did I mean to diminish the emotional pain for you. I would feel likewise. I cannot bear for an animal to suffer. Maus….my female…..has been with me for 13years. She has issues which cannot be addressed no matter how much love I give but I am committed for life when I take in an animal soul.

      • Oh, you didn’t diminish anything. I just get attached to animals even if they aren’t real. LOL That can be a problem, believe me. I bond more with stuffed animals than most people because I feel that the animals don’t have choices. My friend adores Shelties and she’s a wonderful person and a great dog person. She supports finding homes for Shelties and she’s always sending pictures of her baby. LOL You are there for your dogs and they know they can count on you but you brought up an excellent point. They go their own way and each of them has places we cannot enter. Emily is who she is because she was on the street. I think she was thrown out, because she doesn’t run away and stays close to home. I don’t think she would run away. But whatever happened to her, it has made her who she is and no matter how much I love her and want her to come inside, that part of her won’t let her do it. I can’t over come that. I think if I forced her I would hurt her again. She sits on the run in the family room and looks outside but I can’t be there with her. If I try to go by her she leaves. I give what I can and tell her I love her and I invite her in but only she can decide what she wants to do. Sigh. She lets me pet her all the time and purrrrrrso so loudly and rubs up against me but I can’t pick her up or bring her in. Mays and Buddha are so lucky to have you and vice versa. It always works both ways. I told Em last night, around midnight, when I was outside with her, that I was so happy that she came to my yard and stayed. What a gift that was for me. I’ve loved all of the cats who came to visit, but she’s my kitty.

      • We call these furry beings our pets but they are on loan as are our children.

      • Yes, they are. I think that if there are such things as angels, they are animals.

      • ❤️ it’s so easy to access our heart within the animal/human relationship. No stuff to get in the way like there is with our fellow humans.😻

      • You know, I think loving animals is the only way to know pure love. Seriously. No agenda, just open hearts. Trust, caring, and LOVE in its purest form. It’s the most amazing and wonderful thing.

      • Animals have no judgement. Humans judge. It is very sweet to be in the presence of another being who is not judging. Animals absorb our pain. If the wolves die we are in trouble.

      • You’re absolutely right. Animals don’t have rules and hierarchies, they are just themselves. If the wolves die so will we. They have resorted Yellowstone which was in a very, very bad way. They reintroduced the wolves and the ecology/environment reverted back to a healthy state. If the bees are gone we have about 5 years and then we’re also over. Unfortunately we never listen or learn.

  3. taphian says:

    I remember I had a nice little old doll house with whom I loved to play. My grandma one day decided that it should be sold and I was so sad to see it go away to another child…
    Same with my old doll. That’s why I bought an old doll some years ago, wanted to have it back. Sad story, kind regards Mitza

    • I understand exactly what you’re saying. No goodbyes should be said unless the time is right and both parties (dolls included) understand what is happening. And no one should ever give someone else’s things away. Never. Some people never get over that.

  4. Resa says:

    “Le sniff!”

  5. 😦 Next time you come in we can go to that great little bookstore and check out the kids books. I love it there. Haven’t been back since we went there together.

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