Japanese folklore has it that if you fold 1000 paper cranes, your wish will come true. Many people believe that. My friends believe that. I once did not believe in such a thing, but recently, I have a change of heart.
The story I am about to tell you is real. It happened just few weeks ago.
Our math teacher is very popular with his students. He is good-looking, humorous and easy-going. He always had a smile on his face. Until the day his mom got sick.
We could realize that he was crying in the class. We felt very bad for him. Then the legend of 1000 cranes crossed our mind, and we decided that we would fold 1000 cranes so that his mother would get better. We knew it was his wish that his mother would recover.
Coincidentally, his birthday was approaching, which made our present much more meaningful. But that meant we only had 1 week to fold 1000 cranes. Not an easy task.
We had a busy week, skipped every class and lesson, focused on folding cranes. Not to mention we had to count to make sure we got the right amount of cranes.
I was not really into legends and myths, I did not think they were real. I though folding cranes was such a waste of time. When my friends told me to count all the cranes, I was very bored and annoyed. But I did count. Carelessly. I told everyone we had enough cranes. But we did not.
The big day finally came. Our teacher was very happy when we gave the cranes to him. We also told him about the legend. He didn’t seem to believe us, but I guess he tried wishing. It didn’t hurt anyway.
2 days later, we got the news. His mother had been hospitalized. Her illness got worse. Her life was in danger. Our teacher had to quit teaching to take care of her. Nobody knew the reason why his mother became like that. Nobody but me.
I was very frightened. I remembered reading other legends about the cranes. If your amount of cranes is fewer or more than 1000, your wish will not come true. Instead, bad things are gonna happen to you, or anyone that receives those cranes. I never thought that was real. But after hearing all kinds of disasters were destroying his family, I could not but believed in the curse of 1000 cranes.
I caused all of this. I had to fix it. I spent all of my free time folding cranes. For each crane I folded, I wrote a number on my notebook to ensure that I got the exact amount. Thanks to my sisters and brothers, I managed to finish the task in one week. I made my wish. I wished that the cranes forgave me and spared my teacher. I kept praying everyday that my wish reached the cranes.
1 Week later, his mother had an unexpectedly rapid recovery. My teacher got his job back and his family’s business was also back on track. The cranes had decided to forgive me.
I learn 2 things: myths can be real. And never give someone cranes as a present. We can miscount and screw up that person’s life.
Feel free to fold cranes whenever you feel like it. Just give up on the idea giving them to someone. You will do them a favour. A great favour.
Credit To – My classmates and my teacher- who I fear and respect