Thank God for You Tube! There was a message earlier this week from Kate’s niece, Melissa, asking that all her friends send paper cranes to decorate Kate’s hospital room. Melissa had done the same for Frani, Kate’s younger sister when she had cancer ten years ago. (Frani is fighting a new battle with cancer…another terrible story)
Anyway, my first thought was “Oh no, there is no way. I tried to make a crane years ago…forget it”. But the tradition is that if you can make 1000 paper cranes (some of you will remember the kids’ book about that) you will be granted health and wholeness.
“Okay, Kate, ” I muttered. “Only for you. I’ll give this a shot.” So I ordered the origami papers from Amazon Prime (saved a trip to a craft store) and that meant I had two days before I had to try this. And then, when the papers arrived, I went on You Tube and wonder of wonders, I actually made a crane. Put the video back to the beginning and made another one. And after six cranes, I could even do them WITHOUT the video.
What a sense of accomplishment! So far, I have 25. Okay, they’re not the most beautiful paper cranes but they do resemble the real thing. I’ll send out all the ones I have on Wednesday because Jerry and I are heading to Amsterdam and a Viking River Cruise on Thursday.
I’m not sure how Kate’s doing today. I haven’t heard anything since Friday when she was bracing herself for her first round of chemo (Don’t think of it as poison, I said. Think of it as sun so hot it can melt anything, even a tumor that refuses to quit) . Keep her in your prayers. And if you want to send her some cranes, let me know and I’ll send you her address. If you’re in Venice, you can drop them off at my house in early September and I’ll send them out. If you really want to do it and can’t make a crane, go to You Tube and search “origami crane ez origami”.
A few more pictures from our time in California…Lana and I dancing at the wedding and Lana and Declan at Seaport Village in San Diego. (very brave children)