"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 your 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."-- by Margery Williams, from The Velveteen Rabbit --
I have always thought that this was one of the best definitions of love and still do. I think sometimes the best lessons of life are learned in children's books.
The photo is of my husband taken in Acadia National Park in Maine with our dog Montana.
I just wanted to wish him a Happy Valentines Day and for showing me the true meaning of love.The true meaning of love for me is exhibited in the little things we do for each other .
I will give you a perfect example on that will make you laugh.
I have to get ready early in the morning to go to work so I am up at 5:00am and I don't turn on the lights in the bedroom because I don't want him to wake up so one morning in a pre-menopausal moment I put on a shoe of a kind and didn't realize it. I called him and he drove 35 miles and was late to work to bring me the right shoes so I wouldn't have to work 12 hours with mismatched shoes.Now to me that is Real Love and I wouldn't trade it for all the cards and flowers in the world.
I also apologize for not posting for awhile. I find that often I go through periods that I feel I don't have anything to say and the past two weeks have felt like that.
I also want to express my prayers and deep sadness for all those who lost their lives last night during the plane crash in Buffalo and also the victims of the bush fires in Victoria in Australia.
May you each have a wonderful Valentines Day.
I will try and post again Monday since I have to work this weekend.