The Velveteen Rabbit
"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day.
"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...
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."