The Swallow: In addition to indicating that a sailor had sailed 5000 miles, swallows are also associated with the idea of return. This "return" symbolism is rooted in two ideas. The first was the swallow's famous migration pattern, always returning home to San Juan Capistrano. Second, it was believed that if a sailor dies at sea, birds carry his soul home to heaven.
Swallow Return's Bird-in-Tree Top: Available in sizes for toddlers 2-5, the Swallows Returns bird-in-tree top ($28) is made from lightweight, slightly sheer cotton gauze fabric with a print of birds in a tree on the front and dots and birds on the back and sleeves.