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I’ve always wanted to learn how to fold a paper crane

Paper Cranes, once a child learns how to fold these iconic symbols of peace they become little gifts for every one. The art of Origami lends itself to quiet, thoughtful moments. Helping children find these spaces is essential in creating balance in our busy lives. Throw some paper squares in your bag for long trips or use it as an activity as you wait at a restaurant! Leave the final product as a momento included with the tip. Teach your child how random acts of beauty can brighten up another person’s day! Ha! Perhaps you too will enjoy this little Origami retreat!

Try to be silent.
Try to be still.
Try to be patient, and get yourself killed.
Try to be honest.
Try to be fair.
Try to be strong without being scared.
Listen to speakers.
Take in their words.
Nothing is said if it’s not being heard.

Love is the answer to all of the questions that matter.
Peace is the answer to all of the things left behind.
Freedom will swallow all of the struggles you’re fighting.
But violence is nothing but clouds over thoughtful minds.

Walk on your own feet.
Walk far away.
Quiet your thoughts if there’s nothing to say.
Try to be peaceful.
Try to be kind.
Try to be careful to not lose your mind.
Try creativity.
Think something new.
Words can be strong, so take time to choose.
Learn what is graceful.

Own it with ease.
Take on a challenge.
And set yourself free.
The best way to freedom is always through peace.

Love is the answer to all of the questions that matter.
Peace is the answer to all of the things left behind.
Freedom will swallow all of the struggles you’re fighting.
But violence is nothing but clouds over thoughtful minds.

by Ellen Reynolds

The Paper Crane is a symbol for peace. Origami paper cranes were made popular through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a 12 year old Japanese girl who was two when she was exposed to radiation from the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. Because of the radiation exposure she contracted Leukemia. In the hospital, while under treatment her goal was to make a 1000 paper cranes. While her family says she did complete the 1000 cranes her wish did not come true. In her honor and in a pledge for peace her classmates and thousands around the world continues to make them.

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