I had a dream about an origami crane one night.. it jolted me upright and I think it had something to do with the book I had just finished reading, “The Crane Wife”. I still haven’t figured out how the two events are related but it created a lovely chain reaction of thoughts and smiles that I created and sent to many friends and acquaintances over the past three months. My dream showed me making cranes in the early hours of the morning because I couldn’t sleep, so crazily enough that is what I began doing at 2,3, or 4 in the morning when sleep was elusive.
Traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, ones wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. As a result, it has become popular to fold 1000 cranes (in Japanese, called “senbazuru”). In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature and is believed to live for a thousand years. In the Japanese, Chinese and Korean culture, the crane represents good fortune and longevity. The Japanese refer to the crane also as the “bird of happiness”.
I have made over 600 so far and it was a real learning curve! 120 were sent out to people I thought would smile or just feel good when it was received and the response was overwhelming. A very dear friend from Great Britain told me it reminded him of his favorite Sci-Fi film the Blade Runner.. the detective who left origami cranes at the scene of a crime. Well the only crime required here… is to smile!
copyright Es-tee Miller
“What is a friend? I will tell you …
it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself”…. Frank Crane