(This is the end of my step down speech as Great Lakes Master 2013. It speaks to how I feel about being part of the Great Lakes M/s community and GLLA family)
The book “The Velveteen Rabbit” tells the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to become real through the love of his owner, even after he is tossed away. At the end, the rabbit is taken by the Nursery Fairy to a group of real rabbits. She kisses him, changing him…
“Run and play, little Rabbit!” she said.
But the little Rabbit sat quite still for a moment and never moved. For when he saw all the wild rabbits dancing around him he suddenly remembered about his hind legs, and he didn’t want them to see that he was made all in one piece. He did not know that when the Fairy kissed him that last time she had changed him altogether. And 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 what he was doing he lifted his hind toe to scratch it.
And he found that he actually had hind legs! Instead of dingy velveteen he had brown fur, soft and shiny, his ears twitched by themselves, and his whiskers were so long that they brushed the grass. He gave one leap and the joy of using those hind legs was so great that he went springing about the turf on them, jumping sideways and whirling round as the others did, and he grew so excited that when at last he did stop to look for the Fairy she had gone.
He was a Real Rabbit at last, at home with the other rabbits.