Wise Little Owl

Remember this group?

Some went to Pittsburgh, one stayed in Wyncote, and the other one…

…went to Washington DC to live with my little granddaughter. Yes!

I noticed this stick because of the little protrusion it had in the face area. I knew right away it had to be an owl.

Maybe it’s kind of a human-looking owl. Well, so what? It knows who it is.

I am an alumna of Bryn Mawr College and our mascot was the owl. I always liked that, because of its associations with wisdom and learning. You may also remember that Athena, who in Greek mythology is the goddess of wisdom, is accompanied or represented by an owl; she is also a mascot or symbol of sorts for the school.

So I feel this owl represents my hopes that my granddaughter will love learning and gain wisdom from her life experiences.

Plus I also think it’s a good size just for her to play with! She can take it outside and it can go anywhere and have a good time. Maybe I can make some more creatures for her as time goes on.

15 thoughts on “Wise Little Owl

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I’ve liked using sticks for various purposes since I was young (they were readily available and free, a big plus). I am getting ready to collect more supplies now that the weather is getting warmer and it’s more pleasant to hike around picking up things. And last year’s tornado has left a lot of good material around all right…

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I gathered these in the past and prepared them and they had time to get very nice and dry, they were just perfect to work with. Now, it is time to gather more…

  1. Diane

    Well this is a delightful and unusual toy/gift for Leona! She is very lucky to have such a thoughtful and creative Grandmom. I did not know that Bryn Mawr was also an owl mascot. I thought Temple had that mascot cornered. But here is an interesting tidbit I learned when I worked there. I always thought the Temple Owl had to do with gaining wisdom, etc. But it actually is because that when Temple first started up, it was strictly a night school.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      That is hilarious about Temple and night owl! Yes, our mascot was the owl, and the goddess Athena. I have sort of been giving Leona owl items, well, only a couple so far, but I have the feeling I will do more. I like the connotations of gaining wisdom that they bring with them.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. When I gather sticks I mostly look for ones that are the right size first and then try to work with whatever characteristics they might have (some of course are just plain sticks). The woodburning tool is so much fun to use, and it sure takes me back to being a kid again.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      Thank you. I choose my sticks mostly for their size so as to be easy to work with, and then if they have any little quirks that is even better. As soon as I saw this one, I knew it had to be an owl.

    1. Claudia McGill Post author

      I sort of have an owl theme developing in things I give to my granddaughter though I did not decide on that consciously, but I think the owl is a symbol of good things for a person to have plus I like the way they live, look, and behave.

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