Touching Lives Stories
Misako’s Story: Origami Therapy
Misako fell in love with creating origami after she heard a story about a young Japanese girl and the snow crane. She shares this story and what the snow crane represents.
“In Japan, for many years the snow crane has been a symbol of beauty, grace, peace and happiness. After the war, a young Japanese girl contracted radiation disease. While gravely ill, she decided to make 1000 cranes and with each one, was a prayer for peace and good health. She died before completing all. Upon hearing her story, her classmates completed them. Thus was born the tradition of the folded paper cranes. Each one a prayer.”
Misako originates from Japan, and this story is close to her heart.
Having arthritis in her hand, Misako uses origami as physical therapy. Her doctor encourages the activity, and she does so nearly every day.
At Heritage Woods of Huntley, Misako created a gorgeous origami tree that welcomes everyone who comes to our front desk! We thank her and appreciate that she shares her talents!
Love That Never Grows Old
Valentine’s Day is a time for expressing love, commitment and partnership. For several White Oaks at Huntley residents, a vow renewal ceremony held on Valentine’s Day allowed them to recommit their love to their spouses in a small group ceremony attended by residents and staff. The staff of White Oaks at Huntley and Kindred Hospice worked together to organize the special ceremony. It was officiated by the Kindred Hospice chaplain.
White Oaks staff made certain that our brides looked as beautiful as ever, adorning the ladies with a veil and bouquet to complete the touches. Our grooms showed up just as excited to see their brides as the day they were first married, many bringing flowers and dressed to the nines.
There was an air of excitement, not only by those renewing their vows, but from other residents and staff as well. The team put in a great deal of time and effort to decorate for the ceremony as well as to hand fashion the bouquets and veils. Following the ceremony, all attendees enjoyed some food and wedding cake made by White Oaks’ very own Resident Services Coordinator, Roxy Gonzalez.
There were smiles all around from this heartwarming event, and it will be a Valentine’s Day to remember for a very long time.