piece by piece
Despite a full moon, the ditch was shadowed in darkness. When Henny stopped, refusing to give an inch, Nia tugged on the fourleg’s leash. Quicker than Jack Be Nimble, a rabbit made a dash for the tree line.
Thalia whooped, “First rabbit stare down of the season — a sh-errrrrrr sign of spring!”
“I prefer robins,” Nia groused and tugged again.
“A mere inconvenience…” Calliope sighed. “Let us enjoy the rest of our walk.”
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
As The Velveteen Rabbit fled, it tossed these words over its shoulder. "You become. It takes a long time. Yikes!! Here comes Henny the Four Leg!"
Actually I didn't hear the fleeing rabbit say any such thing. Nonetheless I think today's rabbit drawing is great! Fabulous! The flower between its ears and attentive eyes stand out to me. Did I say, "Terrific."
At first I smiled at the words of The Velveteen Rabbit. Then came the words about what results as we become real! While most of my hair has not been loved off (one has to be lovable to begin with I suppose), I have had cataract surgery for both eyes, joints protest at most anything, and shabby has become my fashion statement. Those developments have required acceptance and improvement in my sense of humor. By now most of my rough edges have been tumbled smooth by Hericlitus' River. As for "being carefully kept" it's been about 60 years since any young women may have said "He's a keeper!" Jokingly or otherwise. And there may still be some folks who don't understand. As for today, it's all as fine as a rainbow trout!
T-shirt: “A PESSIMIST sees a dark tunnel. An OPTIMIST sees light at the end of the tunnel. A REALIST sees a freight train. The TRAIN DRIVER sees three idiots standing on the tracks.” 😁
A sharp-eyed (sharp-nosed?) dog sees a hidden rabbit!