At a 7/7/07 wedding that I attended, I was privileged to be a reader at the bride and groom’s ceremony, which got me thinking about my own ceremony readings. Readings are an easy way to personalize the most important part of the entire day. One of my close friends will be reading a passage from the bible of her choosing, and I want to add one non-scriptural reading to the ceremony also. While browsing the internet, I found a passage from the children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit (by Margery Williams):
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz 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 often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who 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 all 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.”
I love it! It’s so fitting of Mr. Eggplant and me, and The Velveteen Rabbit is a book I read over and over as a child. I’m seriously considering having this incorporated into our wedding somehow.
What readings are you using (or did you use) at your ceremony to personalize the event?