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blue (magic) feathers.

Posted By on October 23, 2012 in there are pictures here, Thoughts and Feelings | 6 comments

“But why are you cutting out blue patches, if you’re making an owl costume?” asked little S today, while helping me during “arts and crafts.”

Also known as SHOOT! I’m going to a Halloween party THIS WEEKEND…So let’s ALL do a project called Jessica’s Halloween Costume! 

Actually, S loved it. Told me it was better than school, even. Which might not sound like much of a compliment to most of us, but this little girl cries hysterically when she can’t go to school, she loves it THAT much.

“I’m cutting out blue patches as well as brown,” I explained, “Because I’m going to be a rare blue owl.”

“Oh,” she said, perfectly matter of fact, “You’re gonna be a magical owl,” like this was the most normal way of explaining the differing owl species in the history of explaining the differing owl species.

“Absolutely,” I told her, so glad to see that she gets it. “A magical owl, indeed.”

Six year olds can be brilliant, you know.

They are still fascinated by the world.

What good little role models they can be.

(sometimes, anyway)

(thank God we are not all still six. Or even sixteen, for that matter)

But I like her explanation for the blue patches on my owl costume, and I think I’m going with that.




  1. peaj October 23, 2012

    Your costume is looking pretty sharp, for a magical owl.

    I think the photo at the end requires greater explanation. Who is reflected in the globe? Why is she sunglassed and unsmiling, face in hands? Why, in contrast, are you smiling?

    So many questions.

    • jessica October 23, 2012

      So many questions!

      But, alas, I do have a few answers…

      THanks to Rob the First, I think I now know that the person reflected is Andy Warhol. It is just a plate, actually, that I saw and liked, so held it up and took a picture. It is the sentiment I like, really–the face actually creeps me out–so I tried to darken the face so it was more obscure, which might have made it look EVEN creepier! ha!

      And I’m smiling because I AM fascinated by the world:)

  2. Rob (the First) October 23, 2012

    YOU are magical–and whimsical. Your costume is looking awesome. I haven’t worn a costume since I was a kid. You’re going to make a beautiful magical owl.

    • jessica October 23, 2012

      well, maybe it’s time to wear a costume again! C’mon–why not?! It’s the one time a year when EVERYONE gets to–not just people on stage and stuff. Live it up!

      And thank you–I am excited to be an owl this weekend:)

    • jessica October 25, 2012

      Aww, then I’m in good company if he had some blue feather, too!

      THanks, Robert:)

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