My usual mode of gathering global and local news is on the internet in the morning. Late Friday night found me on the couch in a vegetative state. Didn’t even want to make the short trek to bed so I laid on the couch with remote in hand. My ears perked up when I heard the words book club and school children. Children that were involved in a book club were inspired by E. Coerr’s book, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Since reading the book the children decided to send cranes to Japan. This act of kindness was decided a few days before the earthquake. Since the earthquake their project has taken on a deeper meaning. Catch the news video clip and article. The video clip is right of the article. As I listened and watched the clip, I remember standing in St. Paul’s Chapel (Trinity Church) in New York City a few years after 9/11. The church stood across the WTC and was a place of refuge for minutes, hours, days, weeks, and even years after the tragedy. Firemen hung their shoes on the iron fence as they quickly pulled on their boots. One of many displays that stands out in my mind was the origami cranes that were sent by Japanese children to the children of New York as an act of love, healing, and peace.
…these origami peace cranes represent a fraction of the thousand of these Shinto offerings we received from school children and other group throughout Japan – the most precious of them came from survivors of the W.W. II bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The gift shop at St. Paul’s Chapel carries the picture book, The Little Chapel That Stood.
Reading – creates global connections even in our youngest school children