Hello beautiful soul shines,
       "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." "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" 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 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 suppose you are real?" asked the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled.
                              - The velveteen Rabbit
        This story still brings tears to my eyes and is very befitting to me now as I had a hysterectomy a few weeks ago. What a humbling experience that is. I suppose I am closer to being real!
        We are working like crazy making beautiful things for our fall Marburger Farm show - Sept 27th - Oct. 1st. and we can't wait to see all of you at the show. I'm so happy to be alive!
                            So much love to all of you,
                                                        - Pearl.
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SooZeQue said...

Been there done that ~ NO FUN! Due to Ovarian Cancer mine was not a decision I had a choice in, but being alive is a good thing. I hope you feel good soon. With a spirit like yours I'm sure you will. Go Well :)

Gwynnie B said...

Be kind and be gentle to yourself during this healing time, Pearl. I'm glad I'm alive too after also experienced one!!

Love and light to you, sistah of soul shine :)

Lulu said...

www.hystersisters.com....there is a wealth of knowledge & support on this sight & most of all love from many of your sisters.

God bless you Pearl for sharing your heart with everyone so freely.
Lulu(a fellow hyster sister)

Ireland Rose Studios said...

Gods speed on your healing Robin! I will be having one in November and am not looking forward to it. Feel as if I will be missing something, (I know the obvious), but have mixed emotions concering it. Always love reading your posts and thoughts!!


Debbie in Boerne said...

Pearl -

You are loved & admired by so many, and... you continue to inspire! To me, you've been a velveteen Rabbit for a long time.


umelecky said...

I'm not a hystersister, but lost part of a lung a year ago. Take care and feel better. Thank you for sharing.

Anita said...

Robin , I am so glad thats over for you !!! I had mine almost 10 years ago !!! I should have done it sooner!!! I feel so much better & you will too!!!! God bless you!!! Take Care of yourself!!!:-) Anita


Loads of love and light being sent your way Robin.

You are perfect my dear, just the way you are...


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Robin, love you and all you that you do. You always inspire me!!

Cheryl said...

The experiences that make us feel vulnerable are life-changing. They bring out gratitude and a new appreciation for life. We are never the same again. I am grateful for the experience that gave me a new awareness of the love and support of friends and family, and of my role out in the world.
The recording of Om Namah on your blog sight is amazing. Can you tell me the artist's name please? It is wonderful for meditating.
Thank you. Love to you.

Kimberly said...

I hope you are feeling better. Such a hard thing to recover from... This is my favorite story of all time, and always make me cry. I would love a beautiful copy of it on my coffee table.

I am so glad you are alive too!! you bring so much beauty into my life, and have for so long!
I can't believe how big that precious puppy is getting!
xxx kim

Anonymous said...

Please rest so you'll be strong for Marburger -- I'm coming with all the girls!!!!!
You've always been REAL to me and to so many -- You SHINE. Can't wait to see all the new beauties at the show!!!!!

Cherie Wilson said...

sweet girl. sending wellness and joy and sunshine your way! XO

Bohemian said...

Been there and done that too... so I can relate to the experience and I'm so sorry you had to go through it. The Healing can take longer than you anticipate, so take it easy and be kind to yourself for as long as it takes. Sending Healing energy your way...

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Alice and Jay said...

I also had a hysterectomy 2 weeks ago! I hope you are feeling better and better with each sunrise. We are excited to see you at Marburger and my Dad is coming just to see you. He wasn't going to come but we told him that he had to see you so he could brag to all of his church buddies!! Blessings to you and yours.
Alice and Jay and Spence too!

Anonymous said...

i absolutely adore you.. one day i hope to meet you in person beautiful wise, woman.
until then, i will dream.

cassie thompson

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Grow Line said...

Hello Robin...We came across your article and jaw dropping photos in Romantic Homes magazine last summer and 'ooohed and aaaaahhed' reading every word. Recently my Aunt was in the market for a Airsteam and we said 'OH! You have got to see these pictures in this magazine'. We searched and searched and finally found it...in the meantime we googled Magnolia Pearl and much to our delight came across your blog in July. Your post and song 'Sanctuary' has profoundly touched us this summer and we have shared your beautiful thoughts and words with many women that are near and dear to our hearts. Thank you for the inspiration you have given us!
Lindsey and Jeannie

fariegarden said...

Sweet healing thoughts sent your way from the the little fairies. They two have had the surgery, and are thankful for all the reasons you know.. It is what it is.
Said goodbye to the garden on the hill today, mowed it down.. the faries got out of the way fast! Sad, but the lake was so calm and beautiful. When we slow down I think we feel it...the summer saying goodbye. This surgery can help to slow you down too. You see the hummingbirds, butterflys, and all gods creatures. Its a good thing!
And and the same time..not, fall only sticks around for about a week here in MN. Soon tiny wine bottels will be rolling around the inside gardens. Proof of the faries discontent. Maybe I'll send them off to some island....take care!

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vintagegirl said...

Thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery. You are such an inspiration, I am so glad to have found you :) With love and very best wishes, Vicki from New Zealand

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I hope you are doing well and that your healing is coming along. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your work. Also I mentioned your blog as well as provided your address in one of my recent blog postings. I have just bought a 1968 Ideal trailer and l just love what you have done to your Airstream. Please feel free to drop by for a peek!!