I've always loved walking through the beautiful Lake Harriet Rose Garden, which is completely going off right now, in a burst of every color of rose imaginable. In all these years though, I've never walked across the street to the Peace Garden, and I'm so glad I finally did - especially at a time when peace was/is badly needed in my life. It's properly named, as you feel at peace the moment you enter the grounds. It's calm and super green, and is centered by a sculpture called Spirit Of Peace (by local artist, Caprice Glaser, dedicated in 2006).
As you enter the garden, there is a little box filled with origami paper, making you go, "Why?"
You then see that the sculpture is surrounded by 13 stations with plaques showing the viewer how to fold a peace crane like the one that sits at the top of the sculpture.
I was full of emotion and really putting my peaceful intentions into it, so that when I got to the end, I could release my cool crane into the world to help with the whole world peace thing. It was, however, like 90 degrees and full humidity. Sweat was pouring down my brow, and when I would fold point A to point B and then both to C ... I'll be honest and tell you that I threw in the towel at like point 6, with a creation that looked more like the old junior high notes you would fold fancy. I had been thinking of my Mom the whole time, and this was yet another time where I was like, "My Mom could do this."
Though I did not end up with a sweet origami crane, I did feel much more peaceful. I felt the SPIRIT of peace, and was happy that my hometown cares like this, and does thoughtful things like this. "This is our cry ... This is our prayer ... to build peace in our world."
PS - Free joke. "Did you hear about the origami store that opened up the street?" (No, I didn't) "Oh yeah, that's because it already folded."
Ba dum bum.