Brie’s Christmas Owl


Post by Brie


Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age arrives alone, unaccompanied.
                                                          -Woon Tai Ho, Riot Green

Brie’s Christmas Owl

Hello APJ,

Written while drinking Organic India USA<<<JUMP Tulsi Sweet Rose herbal tea.

Organic India USA Tulsi Sweet Rose TeaPhoto Stolen Organic India USA

Tulsi Sweet Rose tea is sold as Stress relieving, Soothing & relaxing, Abundant in antioxidants, Powerful adaptogen, Uplifts mood, Caffeine & gluten free, USDA certified organic, 18 tea bags per box, GMO free, Kosher & Halal certified

Christine, my oldest childhood friend of 42 years, lived one flight below me in an apartment building in NYC. Her mother Catherine, a bubbly woman of Greek descent, lived life to the fullest with an infectious laugh and an ability to always see the glass half full instead of half empty. One Christmas Catherine invited all of Christine’s friends over and presented us with gifts that she had chosen quite carefully for each of us. As we tore off the wrapping paper what was revealed underneath were handcrafted ornaments of various animals. I was secretly hoping for the cat (my favorite animal) and was dismayed to see that she had given me an owl. Sensing my disappointment she pulled me aside and quietly whispered, “Do you know what the owl represents? Intuitive wisdom. Never forget that you are an owl, not a cat”. I was four months shy of becoming a teenager and all I cared about at that time was obtaining that which I did not have; popularity and attractiveness. Intuition and wisdom were the very last attributes I was attempting to cultivate. Sadly, a few years later, Christine lost her mother to breast cancer.

Brie's Christmas OwlBrie’s family took and starred in this shot

Ten years ago I asked my parents to retrieve all of my collectible Christmas ornaments from the common storage room in their apartment building. To my horror, all of my dated Hallmark ornaments were stolen. Left behind were a few worthless stragglers, including the owl. Back it came to my own house and as it hung on my tree I thought of Catherine, her words haunting me. Year after year I placed that owl on my tree and slowly but surely the owl became my animal. Eventually my three children heard the story of how I came to love owls through the wise words of Catherine.

So it should come as no surprise that when I saw Soap and Paper Factory’s Patch NYC “OWL” solid perfume I bought it unsniffed. Lucky for me it smells fantastic! OWL is a bright rosy geranium on top with a grounding dry down of sandalwood, tobacco and vetiver. For a solid natural perfume it lasts an incredibly long time. The tea I love to pair it with is Organic India’s Tulsi Tea Sweet Rose. Tulsi, or holy basil, is an herb renowned in India for healing properties that relieve stress and protect the immune system. That beautiful Sweet Rose tea melds so nicely with the OWL perfume.

Patch_Solid_Owl thumbFrom PatchNYC site:

{sandalwood, tobacco, vetiver} elusive and wise like the night owl, delvilishly earthy as a twilight forest

Three years ago I included a letter with my yearly holiday card to my friend Christine. I wrote about the exchange between her mother and I and included a picture of my owl hanging on the Christmas tree. Last year she revealed to me that she keeps my letter in a special place and reads it from time to time. I believe that it serves as a reminder that her mother’s memory lives on in the heart of a woman who endeavors for wisdom to accompany her into middle age.

This story is dedicated to all mothers: past, present and future

Sadly Brie wrote this ahead and can not answer your comments. Don’t let that stop the conversation though, please write if you’d like and Portia will reply. Hopefully Brie is out there somewhere reading. Portia xx

12 comments on “Brie’s Christmas Owl

  1. Hylda says:

    It’s a beautiful and touching story.
    Thanks for posting:)

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Yes, Brie had a way to touch the inner hurts, joys and dismay of a child and re-present it with an adult bent. If she is out there reading I wish her only happiness and would love to hear from her again.
      Selfishly, I miss her.
      Portia xx

  2. Jillie says:

    What an uplifting piece, I love cats and owls too, and enjoy drinking Tulsi tea when I am stressed, so I think that Brie and I must have a lot in common. How lovely to have that connection with a wise woman, and to share her memory with her daughter.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hi there Jillie,
      Brie got me onto the Tulsi teas too. I now have a collection. They are so yummy and inexpensive it’s hard to resist, and I love that they come individually wrapped for freshness.
      Portia xx

  3. Azar says:

    Such a beautiful memory and a wonderful story. Thank you.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Azar,
      It’s a good one isn’t it. I don’t have any Christmas stories quite like it.

  4. CC ... says:

    What a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing, Brie.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hiya CC,
      It has inspired me to make stuff for the kids I know, it probably won’t happen but it’s a nice thought.
      Portia xx

  5. Natalie says:

    So sweet. And those Soap & Paper Factory solids are awesome!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Are you a solid fan Natalie or just the Soap & Paper Factory ones? I have never really understood the joy in them.
      Portia xx

  6. Sally M says:

    What an inspiring story. And one that resonates with me as I was told 17 years ago at a medicine wheel gathering by Sun Bear, an Ojibwa medicine man, that my totem animal was the owl. Of course, I was hoping for something that *I* considered powerful (and cool) like the wolf or the jaguar. In the following years however, especially as I moved into my late 40s and 50s, I began to embrace the concepts of intuition and being able to look behind what is presented to me. I have a wonderful porcelain owl pendant – I *must* have this OWL perfume to put on it. Wherever Brie may be now, thanks for her words.

  7. Ines says:

    This is such a bittersweet, lovely story.

    And the perfume sounds really nice.
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