Folks of lower altitude.by Scotty Breauxman January 20, 2008
My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
Beware the ankle-biters. They’re ubiquitous. There is no escaping them.
In fact, insecurity can even reduce family members to being ankle-biters at times. For example, because I matriculated at significantly more famous and reputable graduate school than he, my brother — your uncle — once had the temerity to suggest that just because I got in does not mean I could obtain an advance degree from said school. Of course, I completed my doctorate and went on to achieve and earn more than he professionally.
Ankle biters are like zombies. They never die, and they keep coming.
The best you can do is to protect yourselves against their ankle bites, and ignore them as you pursue bigger and better. Eventually, as you rise, your world will be populated by fewer and fewer of them, and you could better enjoy the fruits of your labor. (This assumes, of course, that you choose your social circles with care and not frequent haunts where ankle biters roam.)
Remember our days at the OG and on the Hill? Most of our neighbors were nice, weren’t they? We had no trouble with them. That’s because I chose those neighborhoods with care. Most of our neighbors on the Hill were retirees, consultants, and educators. We had one neighbor behind and down the hill from us who repaid our kindness of giving him the key to our house when power was out so that he could use the gas oven and heater as necessary to care for his family by having his dog shit in our yard. His actions bespoke his upbringing, did they not?
As we say, “Didn’t your parents teach you manners, or were you raised in a barn?” Apparently, he was raised in a barn. You weren’t. Act accordingly.
As Jesus reduced the Ten Commandments to two — (1) love God with all your heart and soul, and (2) love your neighbors as yourself — Emily Post reduced the book of manners down its essence: be mindful of the feelings of others around you, and act to not offend. If you do that, it doesn’t really matter if you were using the wrong fork.
I leave you with the biography of Kilian Hennessy, heir to that famous and delicious brand of cognac. Despite being born into wealth and fame, he didn’t just sit on his butt, but worked hard to pursue his passion for “angels’ share” and to develop his own perfumerie. Be like him. Don’t be like the countless progenies whose only legacy is that they burnt through all that was left for them and built nothing of their own. .
Heir to a long line of cognac-makers who were pioneers in luxury, Kilian decided to take up the torch of family tradition. Creating a new luxury brand was definitely a challenge worthy of his predecessors.
His childhood haunts included the family cellars in Cognac. Before graduating from CELSA, he wrote a thesis on the semantics of scent, in search of a ‘language’ common to gods and mortals. Remembering the «angels’ share» as part of his heritage, he was led into the world of perfumery. The «angels’ share» is what the House of Hennessy calls the percentage that – inexplicably – evaporates from cognac cellars, like an offering to the gods.
Many of Kilian’s fragrances today carry this childhood memory as they are reminiscent of the sugar in the alcohol and the wood of the cognac barrels.
After graduating, he then went on to train with the greatest noses in perfumery and worked for the most prestigious perfume houses such as Christian Dior, Paco Rabanne, Alexander McQueen and Giorgio Armani.
In 2007, Kilian launched his own namesake brand with the ambition of reflecting not only his distinct personality, but also to achieve a perfect alliance between elegance and uncompromising luxury. His “eco-luxe” philosophy that each bottle can be refilled and kept for a lifetime catapulted the brand to the top of the fragrance market and into a niche of its very own.
In 2017 and ten years since its launch, the world of Kilian includes more than 35 scents, spanning across different fragrance collections including: “L’Oeuvre Noire”, “Arabian Nights”, “Asian Tales”, “In the Garden of Good & Evil” and “Addictive State of Mind“.
Kilian continues to create unexpected products that embody ultimate sophistication and timeless luxury with a collection of wearable scented jewelry and decorative objects for the home.
As the Kilian brand evolves and matures, the one aspect which remains consistent is that each and every product created embodies ultimate sophistication and timeless luxury.
Live right, pursue your passions, and ignore the ankle biters.
All my love, always,