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

About redcontroversy

I'm a stargazing,skywatching,storm loving, sungazing addict. Environmentalist, political blogger, professional photographer, writer, artist...my favourite quote is: "If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive". ~ Eleonora Duse ~ ...my soul is definitely alive.
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2 Responses to ORIGAMI LOVE

  1. Jack M. says:

    Lovely idea! my mail was forwarded to me in France and I felt very happy when I received mine.I keep them balanced on my desk :-)Thanks again.

  2. Juliana Chapman says:

    Love this!

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