Inspired by this story, Gretta and I have been folding paper cranes. As we were sitting yesterday, I heard news that Lenore, despite our strongest hopes and her amazing courage, had left this world on Sunday night.
I tucked a crane into a note I sent to her family. Gretta and I have been folding cranes when we have a spare minute. We have a growing flock. This morning, as the snow falls gently outside, I have lit a chalice to comfort me as I fold.
These cranes are headed to the Office of Student Development at Earlham College, where the staff has been working mightily to hold our beloved community together through this very sad time. It is one small way that I can add to the comfort, light and hope that we all crave right now.
I am far away in miles, but I am standing on the heart in spirit. Please let me know if you would like to fold some cranes and send them along...