Today, for instance, we read about the Japanese internment camps the federal government set up. If they were lucky, these Japanese Americans were given one week to sell their homes and businesses, pack/sell their belongings, make arrangements for their pets, prepare to leave everything for an undisclosed amount of time against their will. Some were only given a matter of hours. And why were they selling their homes? Fear, hatred and greed. Just another sickening manipulation of the government in our history.
Because this was getting us all depressed reading about it we decided to do something fun. What better way to celebrate Japanese Americans than origami??? There was a twelve-year old girl in Japan named Sadako who had leukemia from her radiation exposure from the bomb on Hiroshima. She was told of a legend. According to the legend, if a person would make a thousand paper cranes their wish would come true. While she got sicker and sicker she made those paper cranes with the hope that she would get better. There are two versions of the story... one that she did indeed make the thousand cranes and kept on folding till she died. The second story she does not finish before her death and her schoolmates finish for her. Either way, it's a beautiful story.
We started with four paper cranes. With it not being nearly as hard as we had expected we came up with the idea of making our own little crane forest. Yesterday didn't go nearly as we had planned or prayed for so we got to talking about maybe trying out the legend ourselves. A thousand paper cranes can't be that many, right??
|Here are a few of our flock.|
I think we made 22 today.
Who knows what number we'll get up to,
but it will be fun to find out!
And we don't stop at origami around here! Last week we studied about WWII military recruitment efforts and decided to make our own. Of course, ours is made from a giant sugar cookie and frosting.
|It was a true family effort.|
Everyone had a job. Look how
diligently Piper is separating
her licorice twists!
And I believe Lydia's lip has disappeared.
|Piper managed to make her way|
to a better vantage point.
We also make WWII fighter planes. :) It's a good idea to be able to spot their unique shapes and symbols in case of an imminent air raid, you know? You can never be too sure.
|We have representatives|
from USA, Great Britain,
Germany and Japan there.
|Yes, they are hanging from the|
light above our dinner table.
Yes, we eat there.
Yes, the walls are generally always
|Alex traced and colored this|
Japanese fighter plane. (I cut it out.)
He was Very Proud of this
and I told him I would put it on my blog.
There you go, son.