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2006-12-24 - 12:14 a.m.

So anyway.

I wrote this about a month ago. I've been debating with myself about whether I should even post it. I have some friends and relatives that will have a field day with this. Some will tease me to no end, because it's sentimental and child-like and sometimes I leave myself wide open for it.

But then I decided I didn't care. It's all true, all of it. And if some can't see - or see only to razz - then the heck with them.

Now, then.

Awhile back I picked up a copy of "The Whispering Rabbit And Other Stories". Added in with it was another children's classic that I had never read before - "The Velveteen Rabbit". That one touched me deeply, with its story of love and its strength and power.

After I read it, I started having dreams. Bad, scary ones. All to do with reality and its nature. And I kept waking up to the question, "Am I real?" I couldn't be sure.

There's an episode of The Twilight Zone called "Shadow Play" that kind of touches on this. In the episode, a man dreams the same nightmare every night: that he's condemned to die in the electric chair. The people in the dream start to believe him. He gets a stay of execution - too late. Then the nightmare begins again, but some people have shifted roles.

It seems to pose the question: are you real, or is someone dreaming you?

So I thought about it. And I finally came to the conclusion that The Velveteen Rabbit comes to - he's Real, because someone's love made him Real.

And when you think about it, we're all made Real because of love.

So this Christmas, that's what I want to offer you. My love. And my deep appreciation for you all, for coming here and reading my ramblings, and commenting on occasion.

Because your love has helped make this blog - and me - even more Real.


I'm heading out of town. I'll post again Tuesday.

So a Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

God bless.

Be seeing you.


2 comments so far

Brin - 2006-12-24 03:25:33 -
There are few other people in my life who have ever been as real -- or as loved -- as you have been. Merry Christmas, Dave.


artgnome - 2006-12-24 07:56:21 -
thank you for the kind and thoughtful sentiment. Merry Christmas to you and a blessed New Year!


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