Charmed by a Barred Owl

Sitting outdoors, I felt the evening peace like a sweet caress settle o’re the land and sea. I do not know from whence he came – not a rustle or breeze did he create – but like the evening mist, he suddenly appeared and perched himself on the corner of my deck’s rail. Mottled brown and white with deep black eyes, he bobbed his head from side to side. I smiled. He blinked. And time stood still. At long last he opened his wings and majestically flew off toward the jeweled sky. My one and only visit with our barred owl.

There’s a barred owl couple that lives in one of our nearby groves. Hubby and I can hear their baritone hoots at dusk when they come out on balmy summer nights to hunt and play. As for my one and only visit with an owl, that is a true story. It happened a few years ago. I’d never seen such a large bird up close and for a city girl like me, it was simply a thrill, a magical moment of mutual curiosity.

According to the London Dictionary of Contemporary English, magical moments are “short times which seem beautiful and special”. I like this definition because it attempts to described in words something ephemeral that we experience through our emotions. These are moments of soulful connections with pure love, heartfelt joy or genuine wonder.

In 2018, Closer, a British tabloid magazine published the poll results of 2,000 adults listing the top 20 magical moments in life. Their list included milestones like: the day of your wedding, the birth of your child, buying your first home, falling in love, landing your first job, and hearing your child’s first word.

I recently read another article where the writer suggested that more often than not, these moments exist because we choose to create them. We may well attempt to orchestrate events and sometimes they work out. In my experience, however, magical moments cannot be willed, but rather they arise unexpectedly like my barred owl’s visit, and often in the most unlikely of places.

Magic happens when I let go of my worldly concerns. I stop thinking and instead I let myself just be, wholly present, my heart fully open to soulfully connect with the beauty and enchantment of the moment. 

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  1. A wonderful tribute to the magical moments in life – and to owls, too! I’ve seen an owl only once, and it was a special moment I’ll never forget.

    May this month of June include one of the special moments in life.

    P.S. How is your mother-in-law?

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    1. I think it’s exciting whenever we see a ‘wild’ animal up close in its natural habitat. I’m glad your experience with an owl was a special one as well. PS: Thanks for asking Ruth – my MIL is doing well.

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  2. I agree with you, Kate. I treasure those unorchestrated magical moments. They are the best. It can be as simple as a smile or a response to something I’ve said, but the moments with nature are truly amazing – like your moment with the barred owl.

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  3. I agree with you completely. Magical moments are just that , magical in all ways. Aren’t we so lucky to stop and appreciate them, for what they are!

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