The Feather of the Owl
by Lee Dalton
“I was working in the Interview Area when he came. He was a small one, with tousled black hair and large brown eyes filled with an expression of wonderment, puzzlement, and a touch of worry.”
Their meeting began in silence as the receptionist studied the young boy. Then suddenly, the Small One began to speak, the words rolling from his mouth in a country drawl as he told his story.
The sudden death of his mother shattered his tranquility and security. His father, unable to cope with the death of his wife, turned to drink and began to beat and abuse him. To escape, the Small One would take refuge by the spring. His only friends were the animals: the deer, the raccoons, and an owl. Then the old Indian, Clay Dog, befriended him, taught him how to live off the land, and showed him how to build a shelter when there was none.
His life was led toward a new path. Through the wisdom spoken by his Indian friend, a legend would soon become reality for the Small One. The reality—a feather placed gently on his cheek that would lead him to his destiny.
The Feather of The Owl is a moving portrayal of the reality of a young boy’s hardships mixed with the beauty he found in his escape. You’ll feel the sorrow, the empathy and the joy embodied in this tale as the tattered youth carries you through the events of his life, and as he recounts the experiences, which ultimately led him to the Interview Area and the receptionist who was deeply touched by his story. And as inevitably as is the end of life itself, you’ll shed tears of joy and join in the resounding shout that echoes in the Great Hall as the poignant tale moves to its eternal conclusion.