I don’t quite have the words to capture exactly how remarkable it was to see this woman marry this man on this particular day. She has done the grueling work to sink into the human she‘s meant to be. And I couldn’t be happier or prouder of the friend I saw today be the type of vulnerable that few are willing to tackle. I’m rooting for you—I’ve always been. You are beyond deserving. Definition of. • “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.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “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 can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” from The Velveteen Rabbit