For part of my birthday gift, my boyfriend had got a bunch of origami papers and John Montroll’s Easy Origami book. So I finally decided to do some origami today!
This isn’t my first delve into origami. I think my first time was in fourth grade when my classmate’s mom read us Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. For those who haven’t heard of it, it’s the story about a young girl who (SPOILER!) develops leukemia a decade after the bombing of Hiroshima. She hears the legend, that if you fold 1000 paper cranes when you’re sick, you will become well again. Together she, and her classmates embark on this journey of folding 1000 paper cranes together. If I remember correctly, we first learned how to fold them as an art project to accompany the story.
Since then I’ve had other origami books and papers at my childhood home, and have had to fold them in other classes as well. In seventh grade, I think we learned how to do paper cranes (again) and turtles (or was it a tortoise?).
From the book my boyfriend got me, I did a paper cup and tulip with stem. Although I’m not 100% sure exactly if/how the flower is supposed to connect to the stem, but oh well. I decided to try to make a paper crane from memory and, even though it’s not the prettiest one I’ve ever made, I’d still call it a success!