There is a legend in Japan that folding 1000 paper cranes will grant a person one wish. For that reason, a 1000 paper cranes is often present at weddings, the birth of babies, and places where good wishes are appropriate. The act of folding 1000 paper cranes figures in Eleanor Coerr’s Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. If you haven’t read Sadako’s story, please find your nearest independent bookstore and buy a copy. It’s the kind of book that speaks to one’s soul on so many levels, but I warn you, don’t be surprised if a few tears fall.
I was reminded of Sadako and her quest to fold 1000 cranes last night when Oldest announced at 7:10 pm that he had an assignment he needed to complete for school in the morning. As Mister Soandso and I gathered about the coffee table and attempted to decipher badly photocopied origami instructions, we asked Oldest just why he was needing to fold paper cranes.
“It’s for leadership class. We are going to sell origami cranes as a fund-raiser. We want to raise $1000 to send to Japan to help the victims of the earthquake.”