A few years back I did a RFL sim on the track for RFL weekend. Every year they ask me if I can do another one and most of the time I’m busy. This year I decided to fit one in though things got a bit hard for awhile, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to. Life has been so difficult for me this year getting time in world.
They gave me the region called Life on the track.
It’s rather fitting technically because I had been mulling over a concept when I was asked to do the sim that really sort of suited that.
Have you ever read the story of Sadako? She was a young Japanese girl who died in the 1950’s from leukemia, it was a story I read when I was young and in school. Something that stuck with me, I re-read it before doing this sim partly because when I was asked that was one of the first things that popped into my head. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. When I read it I of course learned how to fold them and used to often. I loved the little things. The story itself centers around this little girl who gets sick and slowly dies. One day while in the hospital her best friend came to visit her and said she had a solution. Her friend brought paper and scissors and showed her how to fold a paper crane. Sadako asked how this would help to which her friend reminded her of an old story… The crane was supposed to live a thousand years, and if a sick person folds one thousand paper cranes the gods will grant their wish making them healthy again.
Her friend gave her the wish of life creating for her the first of her paper cranes and with her friends help learned to fold them and until she died it was her goal to continue. Friends, family, nurses… everyone saved pieces of paper to bring to Sadako so that she could try to fold her cranes. Her brother hung them from the ceiling and she was surrounded by them as she slowly worked on them throughout her illness. With each crane she made her wish.. “I wish I’d get better…”
“Out of colored paper, cranes
come flying into
This once vibrant little girl who only wanted to be able to run was stricken with something so terrible… it always stuck with me and as her mother whispered softly “Oh flock of heavenly cranes, Cover my child with your wings.” swinging over her head within the hospital it reminds me of how often cancer in its varying forms strikes for whatever reason. In this instance war, the dropping of the atomic bomb… just terrible war created a whole generations afflicted by the cruelty of man. Everyday people are stricken, suffer and are in pain all hoping and wishing only to get better.
That is the inspiration for this sim. A quiet, peaceful place of reflection. Japanese inspired garden with water, lilies, a gazebo and trees… Maples and things all sweeping around a wood path…. and if you look within the water… paper cranes floating.
The paper cranes… wishes. Wishes from me to those who traverse the path, to those who suffer, to everyone who is afflicted or in pain.
I wish that you could get better, and I will always continually be folding my paper cranes through the span of my life for those like Sadako, a hope… a wish… a dream that those vibrant little girls who just want to run to be safe from the pain.
Come RFL this weekend with me, and make a wish.