Saturday, January 29, 2011
A friend and old classmate of mine, Kaleena Porter, has started a really wonderful project/movement of hope. At http://thisiseleveneleven.com/ she has created a blog following the 1000 paper cranes that she is creating between 11/11/10 and 11/11/11 in memory of her mother who passed away from cancer. I really feel this is a wonderful project, and I felt very connected to her message of hope since her and I have both experienced the loss of a parent. I sent her a request for one of her cranes along with this story to go with why I wanted to be a part of her project:
“I understand how hard it is to think of being hopeful in the face of a great loss in your life. My father passed away when I was 10 in an airplane crash. When I think about him I can’t help to be sad at the thought of him not being around anymore, but I know he would never want me to be sad for him but to remember him with a smile. He had always said that he wanted to come back in his next life as a bird, so everytime I see one of your cranes I think of him and smile.”
Above is the image I took of the beautiful crane she sent me and where he is living, here in Winston Salem, NC with me. Thanks again Kaleena!