Do you have someone in your life like this?
Today for the #rockyourhandwriting challenge the prompt is 'Your favorite paper'. I'm not big into stationary (yet?!) and I'm not real good with artistic things that require good paper. My mind immediately went to origami. Origami is a huge hobby of mine -- it waxes and wanes -- but it's always in my heart and my brain remembers the 'language' as soon as I have a piece of paper in my hands.
My first introduction to origami was when I was a child at my aunt's house. My aunt wasn't one of those extended family members where you see them once every few years so you don't even know them. My aunt Gwen was and continues to be a huge driving force in who I am and continue to become. I went to her house often as a kid and an adult. So many of my passions stuck with me from her influence. She was a professional calligrapher. It amazes me that there are hundreds of pictures of her work on google. I even found a pin of a font she created, on Pinterest. That makes me bubble with pride... It's like she's famous!
When she passed away a little over 3 years ago, I was lost. I dropped out of school, I had one of the worst mental break downs I've ever had. My boyfriend and roommate were cradling me in their arms and trying to get me to breathe and communicate. Over the following days and weeks I decided I would make a 1,000 origami cranes for her funeral. When someone passes away you think you're doing something for them and then slowly you realize they would want you to do it for yourself. I think I initially wanted to bury them with her. As time progressed and the labor of my love started piling up I realized that wouldn't do anyone any good. After her funeral I put two pieces of her art next to each other and the cranes stringed up in between them.