…Once upon a time in my mind
“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.”
– Margery Williams
Kay Lynn Gabaldon