I grew up believing in magic, from faerie blankets at dawn to wishing on stars before bed. One of the most profoundly exquisite aches of parenting has been the distillation of beauty. There is a literal sensation of lived-joy seeping from my memory and infusing moment’s with the best of what I had, faint wisps of my childhood lacing themselves into these new childhoods.
The other night I was retrieving snack bowls and sippy cups from the bench beneath an olive tree in our backyard. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a box, not just any box, one of my Birchbox boxes. My mom had gifted me with a subscription after I heard about them through Cool Mom Picks.
The boxes have brought such delight.
The girls gather.
They croon with rapture.
LoveBirchBoxinthesummer (tiny movie)
And then? Then they break my heart and prove my point.
Behind the box.
Me: Hey Bri, what’s with the Birchbox in the backyard?
Bri: Oh, that’s our faerie catcher. They love jewels.
Me: And tomatoes?
Bri: We want them to eat healthy too!
Oh THIS one is my FAVORITE. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Every single thing.
Oh cool. I saw your twet and couldn’t fathom what a BirchBox was.
That would be TWEET. 🙂
That typo could have been vastly worse, Maggie 😉
Now I’m coming back to say that I got around to clicking on the link and was amused to find it’s a make up company! I’d assumed from your context (heard about from Cool Mom Picks, kids playing with it) that it was some clever crafty creative kids package. But they just made it so. Love.
that is just so touching.
Thanks, Sarah. They make me so proud. The little string by the rope…I should have photographed the pale pink heart attached to it. They’ve also built a faerie home for those they capture.
Hi- this is Katia one of the co-founders of Birchbox. Just wanted to say hi and thank you for sharing this. It was so touching to see; we shared it all over the office today. Thank you for making our day. Excited to see what you build with the Birchbox next month 🙂
Katia, your comment made my day. While it took me by surprise to have you visit, it didn’t surprise me in the least to have yet another wonderful experience with Birchbox. Thanks.
Oh my gosh, break my heart!
This is so sweet and reminds me so much of my little girls. They’re planning to sell brownies and cookies at our yard sale tomorrow to raise money for “charity” (I made them pick an actual charity) with the club they started called Earth Buddies. I can’t believe how thoughtful they can be sometimes! And I will have to check out Birchbox.
Hmm…. I’m thinking I have to join BirchBox.
I think often of my charmed childhood. My sister has a two year old daughter and she has recently spoken of the beauty of our experience. She didn’t feel this way until recently. Until recently, all she could see were the complicated, messy moments that didn’t seem so perfect, and then, it always shocked me to hear her perspective. It seems for her, the charmed part of our child escaped the recesses of her mind when she gave birth to her own child, I’d not connected it. But you did. Thanks!
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