Saturday, April 3, 2010

Paper Memories

Lovely Katie posted a picture of a paper crane on her blog. And with it, she posted a John Lennon quote (I love John Lennon), but it did not register one bit because all I could think of was what came flooding back, at the sight of the folded paper crane: a soft, muffled memory.

The memory was of Sevilla, Spain. I was twenty-three years old. It was late March, and the weather was warm, the city settled into a languid ease. The hostel room I stayed in was shared with two women. One was a Dutch anthropology grad student, who was there to study the ancient texts at the local university. The other woman in the room was a very sweet, newly-retired Japanese woman, who had the interesting habit of sleeping in the nude atop her bedsheets and mumbling loudly in her sleep so as to keep others (ahem, me) up at night. The day the Japanese woman left, she gave me a paper crane in a bright miniscule floral pattern.

I must not see paper cranes often because this is the first time I've thought of her, the first time in a really long time that I've chuckled at the memory.

Also, the paper crane reminds me of why I'm blogging right now: even the most vivid, technicolor memories grow faint with time. I am prone to forgetfulness.


  1. You write beautifully. I also had not thought of paper cranes in years until I decided to spend a week folding dozens of them to scatter on the tables at our wedding. Now that's my paper crane memory.

  2. It's interesting how something can evoke different memories for each person. My paper crane memory isn't anything personal- it reminded me of Prison Break. Secret notes were written in the crane.

  3. My uncle used to do these often and absent mindedly. Thanks for the memory and I am happy to have discovered your blog via Maia.

  4. The Wanderer's Daughter: Thank you for such kind words! I'm tickled that my inner monologue isn't always incomprehensible. That's a lovely paper crane memory.

    Tee, Passports: I didn't watch Prison Break, and I miss most cultural references. But I like the idea of secret notes written in a paper crane.

    Yoli: Thanks for visiting and for sharing your memory.


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