December 5, 2021

Advent 2: The Velveteen Rabbit

"Here," Nana said, "take your old Bunny! He'll do to sleep with you!" She dragged the Rabbit by one ear, and put him into the Boy's arms.
That night, and for many nights after, the Velveteen Rabbit slept in the Boy's bed. At first he found it rather uncomfortable, for the Boy hugged him very tight, and sometimes he rolled over on him ... But very soon he grew to like it, for the Boy used to talk to him....
And they had splendid games together, in whispers.... And when the boy dropped off to sleep, the Rabbit would snuggle down close under his warm chin and dream, with the Boy's hands clasped close round him all night long.
And so time went on, and the little Rabbit was very happy - so happy that he never noticed how his beautiful velveteen fur was getting shabbier and shabbier, and his tail becoming unsewn, and all the pink rubbed off his nose where the Boy had kissed him.