#184 – The Reader

Over a year ago,  after they got engaged, Emily and Billy asked me to do a reading at their wedding.  I’ve done a reading before at my friend Sarah’s wedding, which was a Bible passage selected by her.  Emily and Billy didn’t care what I read, so:

I selected a wedding reading.

I ended up reading a passage from the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (below).  I think it went well, despite my knees wobbling while I read, and my Spanx not being a high enough grade to tame my midsection during the affair.

An excerpt from
The Velveteen Rabbit

By Margery Williams

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day.  “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When someone 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 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 all 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…Someone made me Real,’ he said. ‘That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.’

Fun factor: 10+


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Frank says:

    Better off to leave this one alone.

  2. Loyster says:

    Funny, the speach you gave at my wedding was a tad bit shorter and if I remember correctly you left out a word in the two sentences you said aloud.

    Just sayin’.

  3. Darling says:

    I’m crying.

  4. Marita says:

    Okay, so I JUST stumbled across the fact that you have a blog… that you dont update NEARLY enough because you’re an amazing writer.
    AND… based on this entry, I’m crying.

    Love ya! And miss you VERY much!

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