"What is 'Real?" asks the rabbit.
"Real isn't how you're made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you."
“Does it hurt?” asks the rabbit.
“Sometimes,” answered the Skin Horse. “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.”

Margery Williams (July 22, 1881 – September 4, 1944)

Photo Credit: Traditional Dance of Ecuador, Socrates Black, Digital Image, ©️2017.