It's Rita's trademark accessory, and one she's rarely been seen without. But it wasn't until just recently in the canon that we learned why it was such a staple for Rita:
"That's why I always carry something to remind me that even if you don't know it, there's always somebody out there flying around that thinks you're special."
-Rita, Signed, Sealed, Delivered For Christmas
This piece of Rita's heart shared with Hannah, and subsequently Norman, who shared the bench with them, revealed an interesting possibility: Could finding that person who thinks she's special make the owl a thing of the past?
Now that she and Norman have shared their feelings, Rita learned that the someone she's been reminding herself of with the owl accessories has been right next to her the whole time.
We've already seen her clothing transition from muted to technicolor as a representation of her blossoming confidence. Since her wardrobe is part of her narrative, transitioning away from the owl could be the next step.
Take a look at all the ways Rita's worn the owl in the series so far:
What do you think---could the owl become a thing of the past as Rita continues to grow? Let me know in the comments!
Indulging The Hypothetical,