When Cesar Ainzuain, Manuel's father, passed away in 2013, he was laying on a pillow shaped as an owl. In an attempt to find a more comfortable pillow than what was offered at the hospital, Manuel and his two sisters and brother chose a comfy, plush owl pillow from the childrens' section of a nearby department store. Cesar was not amused when they brought it back, but eventually he grew to love it and even joked by imitating the owl "face," with his big eyes and hairless, chemo-scarred head. Shortly after his passing, all four children began to see owls. Owls have since appeared to the Ainzuain children in the trees of Southern Oregon, several floors up in parking structures in downtown Miami, in the mountains of Peru, and on the wintery beaches of Cape Cod.
The Snowy Owl is a gift to all Cape Codders; the beautiful animal is an extra special gift to our family.