O is for the Oversized Owl

A week or so ago when I pulled the hatbox from the top shelf of the hallway closet, I found a photo inside of Dad with my 4’11” Granny. It was the early 90s. She was 80ish. My dad 50ish. Granny wore a necklace, a long gold-plated rope chain with an oversized owl pendant. The owl’s eyes suspended, dangling rhinestones. My Granny’s eyes sparkle, too. Her smile warm and true.

When my Granny passed in January of 1999, I inherited her owl necklace, and I didn’t need anything else. She was born in November of 1911 (11/11), and she was 87. I’ll always remember her love of books and her seemingly endless collection of Louis L’Amour, her love of animals and her tiny Chihuahua Chip, her talking cockatiel Bird and her calico cat Calileo. I’ll always remember how she asked about my grades in school and after my report how she would say, “That’s my girl!” I’ll always remember her ability to stand on her head into her 60s and the way she took a stand when it came to other people’s shit. The owl symbolizes wisdom, in the Greek tradition the owl was also a protector, and mine will forever stand for my Granny.

brown owl perched on brown wooden post under white clouds
Photo by Victor Miyata on Pexels.com

I appreciate you for taking time to share my memory of Granny and for supporting my first A-Z blogging challenge! One more favorite Granny story is that time she sprayed the neighbor boys with a water hose when they were all dressed up and going somewhere, church, I think. I’m sure my Dad could supply the missing details. From what I remember, the boys started it. Granny ended it.

“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

My other posts are clickable below:

A is for Apple and B is for Boozer and C is for Champagne and Chanel No. 5 and D is for Dad and E is for Epiphany and F is for Faith + Gratitude = Peace + Hope and G is for Great _______ and H is for Hatbox and Honeysuckle and I for an I and J is for Jesus and K is for Kody and L is for the Lovely Lauren and M is for the Marvelous Misti and a Dirty Martini and N is for the Numbers

 

30 thoughts on “O is for the Oversized Owl

      1. You know all those times our parents and grandparents said to us kids, someday you will understand. I guess that day is now. It has always been thus. In our younger years we are busy establishing ourselves and tend to place importance on other things. Stay well Crystal. Allan

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  1. Mama Nedley, my maternal grandmother, was quite short in her elderly years, too, because “Mama had a humpback” and always sat in her “humpback” rocking chair — so said my sister and me when we were children. We LOVED Mama’s humpback chair — we could fit into it together, side by side, and rock away, singing at the top of our voices. Osteoarthritis was fairly common among elderly women in those days before appropriate treatment or preventive drugs were available.

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  2. That’s a gorgeous memento. I’m glad you have it… she looks awesome. Thank you for sharing!
    O is for. Think of something for me 🙂
    Love, light, and glitter

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