Last night my son found his long packed away stuffed toys from when he was a little boy, Cookie the dog and Cheese the mouse. He always dragged these two around with him until they were covered in dirt and had leaves stuck in their fur. Cheese has gotten the worst of it and is left with no nose and (as Jack lovingly says) a cataract in one eye. Even still he said to me, “Mom, do you think it would be ok to put them on my bookshelf? I’m too old to have them in my room, aren’t I?” My little boy just became a teenager so I couldn’t help but get teary and think of the story of The Velveteen Rabbit.
“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.” ~ The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
These two are his rabbit and skin horse. Precious pieces of childhood that have gotten shabby and old but are loved just the same.