Country Woman Paints

a seeker, painter, photographer, writer and fragrant rose lover~

Skin Horse + Velveteen Rabbit

Somehow Skin Horse is speaking my language… I almost believe me.


©2015 CountryWomanPaints by L’Adelaide. All rights reserved.

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…It doesn’t happen all at once.
You become. It takes a long time.”

the velveteen rabbit story

Generally, by the time you are Real,
most of you 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 can’t be ugly except to people
who don’t understand.”

When you are Real, shabbiness doesn’t matter.”

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

~ by Margery Williams “The Velveteen Rabbit”

the velveteen rabbit

10 thoughts on “Wise Words

  1. …even though sometimes I might think I’d like to be unreal again! Real is better. Not easier, but better.


  2. This is a marvelous telling of awakening hidden in this delightful story. We are all looking for a skin horse to tell us about becoming real even if we don’t know it.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      it’s nice to know we are where we need to be even if the world doesn’t seem to really see us. i like the idea of being worn down to the nib by hugs. 😌

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Leya says:

    Beautifully described in clarifying words – a mane flying in the wind, delivering the truth…


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Lovely comment! I’m glad you enjoyed them.


  4. LaVagabonde says:

    Words so beautiful they hurt my heart. ❤️


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      💜 welcome to my blog, la vagabonde….


  5. Wonderful telling of this story. Lovely to revisit these words,


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Yes, i thought so too. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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