(1 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
A True and Recent Tale
Earlier in the afternoon, my four year old grand daughter Ivy Rose and I finished reading “The Velveteen Rabbit”, just before her nap. She was especially captivated by the part when the Nursery Fairy gathered the Velveteen Rabbit up from the trash pile, and turned him into a real live rabbit, at last. But at first, he didn’t realize he was alive, and he didn’t know he had back legs, till something tickled his nose, and he saw his hind leg come up and scratch it!
Later, we were outside waiting for her Mom to come and pick her up, running around on my electric scooter, going over the speed bumps and generally having a silly good time, when we spotted a little brown bunny sitting under the pine trees. I drove us close, very slowly, so as to not startle it. Ivy stared and stared at it, then said in a whisper, “Gramma! Look! It’s got SPOTS, JUST LIKE THE VELVETEEN RABBIT!”
Sure enough, it did have spots, and yes, it was the exact same color as the Velveteen Rabbit in the book! Just then, the bunny turned toward us and grew very still, looking straight at us.
Then, up came his hind leg , he scratched his nose, and then went a-leaping away! Exactly like in the book:
“He might have sat there a long time, too shy to move, if just then something hadn’t tickled his nose, and before he thought of what he was doing, he lifted his hind toe to scratch it. And he found he actually had hind legs! Instead of dingy velveteen, he had soft brown fur, soft and shiny, his ears twitched by themselves, and his whiskers were so long they brushed the grass. He gave one leap, and the joy of those hind legs was so great that he went springing about on the turf…..”
Well. Both of us were speechless, and just sat looking at each other for a long moment. Her eyes were as round as saucers, and mine were too!
Finally, I asked her, “Ivy, do you suppose that might have been the real Velveteen Rabbit?! ”
And she replied, matter of factly …”Yeah, Gramma..it’s magic! Now can we do the speed bumps again?”
So we did, and then we talked about magic some more. I asked her what other kinds of magic she’s seen. She said: “One time, I wanted my Mommy to come and pick me up outside, and..SHE DID!”
And so it was that on a warm spring day in the fall of my life, a little child did lead me, once again, to the realm of magic that is real.