Love for One Day***To Be Thankful***
    Two weeks had passed since I was hospitalized for unknown fever which kept me going for weeks.  I tried so hard not to think of that scary looking, fox/joker lady I saw while daydreaming who might have brought this crazy fever to me. On third week, my body temperature was stabilized and seemed to go back in a normal range.  Then I started to feel much better than previous weeks.  Ever since I stayed there in hospital, my mother took care of me during the daytime. When the clock on the wall made a vertical line with both short and long needles, I knew it's time to expect my father to visit my room. He showed up briefly and left to take my mother home for errand and chore she needed to get done, then rushed back to the hospital to sleep over with me.  For the first time,  I was beginning to see the end of this hectic routine.  I couldn't wait to go back to my home.

    In the next morning, my mother showed up by taxi and brought me thousand origami cranes on strings and a letter from Aunt Tsuyako.  My mother took sheets of paper from a long rectangular envelope and read it out loud for me.

    Dear Kyoko,                                                                                    Sunday, October 8, 1978

    How are you feeling? I hope you are feeling better each day and are already home by the time you are reading this letter.  Uncle Shiroi, your grandma and your grandpa have been so worried......we were surprised at first to hear that you are sick with unknown fever.  I wish I could be there with you, but as your know, it's harvest time for us and we have so much to be done around our rice field.  We are so sorry, but we are sending one thousand cranes, wishing you your prompt recovery.  These cranes were folded by many friends of mine and your grandmother's in our village.  I mentioned your illness to them in a meeting, and they were all saying, "We remember her!  Poor little niece of yours......we just saw her dancing with us not so long time ago," and one of them suggested that we should make these strands of origami cranes for you.  Please get well very soon, Kyoko.  Next time you visit our house, I'm more than happy to prepare many of your favorite dishes and wait for you with open arms......perhaps on New Year's Day?  Please take care of yourself. 

                                                             Your aunt Tsuyako, uncle Shroi and grandma and grandpa

    I had never received thousand origami cranes before.  They were twenty strands total and each strand was bounded with fifty cranes.  They were arranged in rainbow pattern and it was one of the most beautiful gifts I had ever received.  

    "Mom, I want to send Thank You note to my aunt Tsuyako for sending me such pretty cranes."

    "Yes, that's a great idea.  I'll give you a sheet of paper and crayons."

    My mother thought I was just going to draw some random things to sent to my aunt.

    "No, mom......can I have a pen?  I wanna write a letter just like my aunt sent to me.  Can you please help me?"

    My mother agreed with me and reached her purse to get her ball-point pen.  I held the pen tightly and started to write, starting from right side of the paper, from up to down vertically;

                         I            B                        T           D
                                      E                        H           E                                                                                    
                        A            A                        A           A        
                        M           U          A            N           R    
                                      T          N            K                                            
                        B            I           D                        A    
                        E            F                         Y          U                                                                                
            K          T            U                         O         N
            Y          T            L                         U          T
            O          E
            K          R            C                         F           T
            O                        R                         O          S
                                      A                         R           U
                                      N                                      Y
                                      E                         A           A
                                      S                                      K                                                                                                                
                                                                 L           O 

    The day I had been waiting for finally arrived.  I was discharged from the hospital in one warm afternoon in mid- October.  The sky was high without any clouds.  My mother and I were waiting outside of the hospital lobby, waiting for my father to cruise into the driveway in any minute.  I breathed in fresh air in my lungs and I couldn't believe how good I felt.  I was thankful that I have my mother and my father on my both sides...... together.


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God, grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference
---The serenity prayer

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us---Roman5: 1-5
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