"Peace...it does not mean to be in a place where there is no tragedy, sadness or suffering. It means to be in the midst of those things and still have love in your heart."
There seems to be a lot more negativity in the world around us nowadays. Maybe it's just because social media and the internet makes news halfway around the world seem like next door. Or perhaps it's because we're older now, so the severity of certain events weighs on us more heavily. Or more likely, now that we have kids, we constantly worry about the world that will surround them while they are growing up.
Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure....history has proven that every negative event or person brings out the positive in another...ten-fold. Time and time again, an outpouring of love + aloha immediately follows any disaster or tragedy. It proves to us that there is still good, and more importantly good people, in this crazy chaotic world.
So we just wanted to create a special tee to remind everyone that as long as you keep love in your heart, you will find "peace" within yourself and in this world.
When we first thought of the word "peace", we were immediately reminded of the story of 'Sadako and the thousand cranes'.
Sadako was just 2 years old when an American atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. Initially it seemed she survived with no injury, but 10 years later she was diagnosed with leukemia caused by the radiation exposure.
During her time in the hospital, a roommate told Sadako about the Japanese legend which promises that anyone who folds one thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish, and taught her how to fold the cranes. Sadako lacked paper, so she would use medicine wrappings and whatever else she could find to fold origami cranes.
Sadako sadly died at the young age of 12. After her death, Sadako's friends and schoolmates published a collection of letters in order to raise funds to build a memorial to her and all of the children who had died from the effects of the atomic bomb.
In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. At the foot of the statue is a plaque that reads: "This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace in the world."
Both Kara and I have gone to see the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum in Japan, and while it's a chilling reminder of the pain and suffering of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, it also represents strength, bravery and resilience, like that of Sadako.
Tees are printed on 4.5 oz. 100% combed ringspun cotton jersey tees for ultimate softness and comfort for your little ones.