The Velveteen Rabbit

When I was much younger I worked in a Free Clinic. The Clinic did drug counseling, medical clinic once a week. and so much more.

The Karma Clinic in Everett, Wa no longer exists but it was a very big part of my life. Edna Davert the founder will always be a huge influence in my life, along with many of the other people who worked there. Dan Beliveau

This was posted on the wall when you walked in. It’s from the children’s book..

The Velveteen Rabbit

“What is real?” Asked the rabbit one day.
“Does it mean having things 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 a child 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 Skin Horse.
“You become, it takes a long time.
That’s why it doesn’t happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or 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.”

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