According to Japanese, Chinese and Korean tradition, cranes stand as a symbol of peace, happiness, eternal youth and long life. Legends hold that the crane lives for a thousand years. Cranes also mate for life and remain devoted to their partners. The male and the female work together to build their nest and care for their young. Crane motifs were often used in Japanese weddings, on the wedding kimonos and in Japanese wedding decorations. It is said that if you fold 1000 paper origami cranes the gods will grant you a wish, be it for peace, health or luck.
Today, couples will fold 1,000 cranes as a wish for a long and prosperous marriage. Others will fold the cranes as a get well wish for someone who is ill and many people fold them for peace in the world. The folding of the cranes can be done with entire families and friends, not just the bride or the one making the wish. It is believed that the more people involved, the more luck you will have!
Chris, Chelsea, and I folded 1000 cranes. With the help of Angie and Lane, we were able to surprise Molly and Ryan.
Angie was able to get Ryan and Molly out of the house for a few hours. Then Chris and I ventured to Red Wing and placed cranes all over their house (bet Molly is regretting giving me a house key!)
The cranes, waiting to go to Red Wing.
We started with the bookshelves. Molly has so many, we thought we would be able to fit most of them on the bookshelves. We were wrong.
We had to get creative. We shoved them in door frames...
Attached them to wall hangings...