(The) Cranes at the Zoo

Hot, wet, and sweaty at the end of the day
The kids and I visited the Louisville Zoo on Saturday as a final outing with Meredith's Girl Scout Troop.  (Thank you Lori for being such a wonderful leader all these years!)

Meredith tried her hand at zip-lining

over this water

while little brother had to watch with Mom (not big enough).  I was very proud of my girl.  I would have been too scared at her age.

Meredith kept wondering why I took so many shots of the three different cranes we saw.
Answer: Isn't it obvious?
Another answer: Because ya have to take a lot of shots to get just the right one.

Gorgeous creatures, them cranes.

And I'm reminded how lovely it is to spend a day with my children:  rejoicing in their pleasures.  watching them play in the water (didn't post those pics).  getting lots of exercise.  listening to the quiet as they slept on the ride home.  Even if it meant: driving 90 minutes.  getting hot and sweaty.  and listening to them complain when they were tired and hungry.

Priceless memories.

Peace Crane

I love my last name (married name), because cranes are a symbol of peace.

I'm sure you've heard the true story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Sadako was a young girl who developed leukemia after the bombing of Hiroshima. While in the hospital she attempted to fold 1000 origami paper cranes due to the Japanese legend that said a crane would grant a wish to anyone who was able to accomplish this feat.  She died before reaching her goal, but her friends added to her 644 cranes so that 1000 were buried with her.

A statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in 1958.  The statue is called the Children's Peace Monument; at its foot are the words:

This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world.
And please check out Sandy and the 1000 Paper Cranes mission blog. Her cranes are beautiful, the words are inspiring, and it's so fun when someone finds one.