Folding the origami crane

It is belie(ved) that if you fold 1,000 origami cranes one’s wish will come true. It takes hours to fold that many and string them on a streamer. The crane is also considered to live 1,000 years. It symbolizes good fortune, longevity and peace, and represents hope and healing … during such challenges, especially the one we face today.

Bring on the happiness and peace by folding a crane and send it to someone who is down and out, someone you haven’t seen during this pandemic hardship, or check up on them. You can bring happiness by calling them, as well. Just imagine their smile when they hear your voice, eat your home-cooked meal or receive the crane. Whatever gesture you choose, use your intuition and envision what is best. This is a way to show your compassionate demeanor. They are strong, have survived this pandemic and have gone this far.

Some people say they cannot fold the crane. There is nothing one can’t do. A person can do anything. Yes, the crane looks complicated to fold but it takes easy steps, keep trying. It is the gaman or will of never giving up.

We too, must believe everyone can live a 1,000 years just like a crane, or at least live a long life of good hopes and healing.

Randall Ishida is a retired special needs pareducator specialist/teacher and has worked with students in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, assisting with academics, creative arts and crafts. The views expressed in the preceding column are not necessarily those of the Nichi Bei Weekly.

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