April 27, 2009
p is for...
One thousand paper cranes.
That is her goal... to honor a girl's life... or more, her hope. Laura has been folding paper scraps for quite a while... not nearly one thousand, but maybe one hundred. But her love of origami is not confined to the beautiful papers made for this craft... Laura will fold anything... homework, wrapping paper, a church bulletin, even a peppermint patty wrapper. I wonder if she will get there... to one thousand... because she is as generous with her paper cranes as she is her heart. She has probably given half of what she has folded... the most recent being to our friend Judy, who lost her husband. As we were sealing the card, Laura rushed in with a golden paper crane... which now hangs from the ceiling in Judy's home.
I finally sat down and read her book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Although the story is a sad one, there is joy in the hope that this young girl had... her determination. And also in the lives she touched... the lives of her friends... who made sure Sadako's goal was met. One thousand paper cranes... that symbolize long life, health, and good fortune.
This is our cry,
this is our prayer,
peace in the world.
I wonder what the others picked for "P"... find out over at Unglazed for more of A to Z Monday!