What do we love about owls? Beyond just compelling physical beauty across their numerous species, for me it is the eyes…owls seem wise because they look as if they are taking it all in in a very deliberate, calculating manner. They are not in a hurry…they are a confident worker on the job, earning a living work in a calm, routine manner, day in, day out. On the job, unwavering…serious.
Owls are actually in stark contrast with our good friend the crow/raven, who lives every day in a different way than the one before…intelligent, yet a curious risk taker and prankster of sorts. Innovative.
The Inuit people of Alaska have a legend in which Owl and Raven are making each other new clothes. Raven made Owl a pretty dress of black and white feathers. Owl decided to make Raven a lovely white dress to wear. However, when Owl asked Raven to allow her to fit the dress, Raven was so excited that she couldn’t hold still. In fact, she jumped around so much that Owl got fed up and threw a pot of lamp oil at Raven. The lamp oil soaked through the white dress, and so Raven has been black ever since.
We love both of these characters, just as we cherish our various other animal and human friends. Sure, we feel like wringing their necks sometimes, but rather than try to change or control them, we try to remember…what is life without some diversity?