CranesSometimes, when I should do something, I don’t want to do it. Like unloading the dishwasher, which takes only about as long as it does to make a cup of coffee. I timed it this morning, so I know.

Sometimes, even if it’s something I enjoy, just feeling I should do it is a turn off. Like exercise. I love getting exercise. I love the way I feel when I exercise, but lately, I’m feeling that I should exercise, so I don’t want to do it. If I weren’t paying membership dues to the Bay Club, I would be even lazier than I am right now.

Then there’s organizing tax documents. Not that I would ever want to do that, but I am really not into it right now. So, with a freezer full of soup and leftover tuna casserole and squash lasagna (an experiment that did not turn out well), I had to find a different diversion. Given my current state of mind about exercise, it definitely should not be cooking.

So last Sunday afternoon, I decided to make origami cranes. I couldn’t follow the instructions in the kit my niece gave me, even through they were not in Japanese, but I found an online video of hands folding a crane. Over and over again,  graceful, smooth hands fold a square of purple paper into a perfect crane. I gave myself a week to learn to make one without watching the video, and by yesterday (Wednesday), I did it. I had to start over a few times, but I think I’ve got it now.

I have heard that a wish will come true if you make 1,000 cranes, but I can’t think of anything I want that much. Besides, if I start thinking that way, I’ll feel as if I should make cranes and then I won’t enjoy it anymore. Of course, I’ll come up with something else fun to do, and, believe me, Homer is a great place to find it.
Copyright 2013-2014 Genie Hambrick

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