Warming hearts and hands for winter

Favourite childrens books are different the world over. In Ireland my favourite childrens stories were Postman Pat, Katie and the dinosaurs, Peter Rabbit, The Hungry Caterpillar and anything by Dr. Seuss or Roald Dahl. I treasured these books as a child, making countless babysitters read and re-read them well past bedtime. But across the pond there is a decidedly different set of bedtime favourites. I am too far past the age to casually read these now and still to young to be reading them to anyone else but I stumbled upon a quote from one of the more famous childrens stories that surprised me. It takes a lot for childrens literature to be surprisingly beautiful and profound but this little exert from The Velveteen Rabbit is quite possibly the best and brightest things I have read in a long time. Enjoy x

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

“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”