Hello, my mascot lovers/readers/mascots themselves! After my three-year hiatus, I am back!
While I stopped writing for awhile, I’ve still been filling the time with mascot viewings, gained a few mascot friends, and even got married by a mascot! That’s right, this Otterly fantastic fella has marriage credentials!
Olly the Otter is a standalone mascot, not associated with any team or any league, just doing his own thing. I’ve never heard of that before! He gets people pumped up at happy events, gets people moving at a 5k, and helps people grieve during hard times.
That last part might have been kind of surprising to you (it was to me)- a smiling otter, helping people grieve? Olly visited a little girl in a hospital while she was dying. His Otterness brought her bundles of happiness. He held her hand, made funny faces with her, and did all of the wonderful things that mascots do to make kids happy. When she passed away, of course the family was absolutely devastated. But Olly was there to remind them that right before she passed, she was full smiling. While the family was sad now, she was whole, she was happy in Heaven. Olly was there to remind them of that now. That was a big learning moment for me.
What we always remember about mascots is they are great at cheering during the happy times, the winning times. They pull out great dance moves while the team is winning. They get on top of the pyramid during a great halftime lead. But what we forget is that the mascot has to keep morale up during the losing times. They have to keep you hoping that things will turn around during that 0-14 run at the basketball game. And that’s the even harder part.