He said, "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
Happy birthday Katie Mayeux, it is an honor to be on the path alongside you, growing, becoming Real, falling, picking each other up, leaping, laughing, and loving the whole way home. I love you and thank the Universe for putting us here together they way it does, because I know we chose each other.