NO. 066

December 12th, 2010 — 2:17pm

“…I brought the crane here because I know this is a place my grandmother would have loved. I was thinking…if she could truly imagine herself at peace and free of pain, she would imagine herself in a place like this…” – Mike

My mother would have loved this place too, as she loved flowers and plants more than anyone I knew. Our house was always filled with plants. So, I am thrilled that Mike chose this place to take pictures of the paper crane I made from one of his old music posters, which fits perfectly in the setting. Mike sent 11 pictures of his crane at the Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, PA. Here are just a few…

66 with the tulips

66 in the snow

66 by the fountain

66 in the flowers

“Your story resonates with me on a personal level; my grandmother has about 4-6 months to live, optimistically. She was diagnosed with small cell carcinoma in August and since then it’s been this…weird waiting game. I’m not sure how to feel about the whole thing (other than bummed), but I feel like what you said about hope is important to remember when you’re faced with a situation that seems utterly hopeless. I’d like to think the crane will be a little reminder to keep my chin up, even when skies aren’t clear and blue. I think the way in which you’ve chosen to honor your mother is very sweet, and I wish you all the best luck as you set out to complete this project!”

Mike was my first email request, and him being so close in Silver Spring, I asked him if he would prefer we meet in person. We finally met this week and swapped stories that ended in me making him a crane. I am thankful to have met Mike and have him share his story about his Grandmother. It just shows how much this personal project is not just about my quest for hope but sharing that with people and allowing the project to grow beyond any of my expectations.

No. 066 Mike Hromchak – Silver Spring, MD
*crane pics located at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA

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