62. A Wise Old Owl


A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?

The origin and history of this rhyme is not known. It teaches young children the good qualities of remaining silent and listening. Truly the more we see, the less we speak! The less we speak, the more we listen to and learn!

The owl watches and waits for its prey, while hunting. In all the stories, folklore and fairy tales, owls are depicted as very wise and old! All the other animals seek their advice, in matters of importance.

Legends about the owls are abundant in Greek, Celtic and Native American mythology. In Greek mythology, owl is closely associated with Athena-The Goddess of Wisdom. Athens is named after Athena and its emblem is The Owl.

As a rule children should be seen and not heard! The reason-they are angelic when seen and demonic when heard!

Visalakshi Ramani

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