When We Become White Cranes

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408

Gary Woltal wrote "Will Your Legacy Have An Asterisk Beside It? He likes to corner us with questions like these. Just try to do a 25-point quickie on his blog about the legacy.

My take on this was changing with time. I used to be concerned, but no more. I know people, who are grateful to me, whom I helped. I enjoyed the friendships I had, the love to my students in school and their respect... I am OK with that.

Old PhotoI look around and I am stunned how the world has changed. We used to fade out. People lived for as long as those who loved them, remembered them. All that left were some personal things, letters, faded postcards...

I have mom's photo album left for me after she passed away. She was very punctual and every photo is dated and there is a name and location. And still so many are mute. I do not know these people. These old photos of 1938, and 1939, obviously were so dear to my mom... I am sure many in these photos did not survive the war, and were in my mom's memory...

But even if they survived that war, they are no longer with us, but their images are in the photo album... There are still many photos that I can relate to. I am in the cradle, a toddler on the doctor's table, and the doctor is my mom... but these photos would make no sense for my grandchildren, who never knew my mom...

But now besides old postcards, and photos from the past, we have recorded voices, videos... We forgot how to disappear, how to pass away, how to fade out... Cluttering the world with images and sounds of the past changes not only how live, but even after we die... It is all different now.

Our lives make sense to others only in the context of time and surrounding. Technology allows the images, voices, videos to live indefinitely... way after we are gone... way after those who knew us, are gone...

Gees, that space may get very cluttered

And what about white cranes? There is a belief that when we die, we turn into white cranes, and we fly over the homes that we left and watch the loved ones... so much better than rotting in the ground 

*  Image courtesy of Flickr.com (Creative Common license)

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Jon...Yours and Gary's post has got me thinking.  We take life for granted most of the time.  Lately I have been thinking olong some of these lines and I need to look hard at myself.

Jan 23, 2010 01:10 PM #2
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Jon- I have books that my great grandfather wrote in Latvian. I have my mother's poetry books and her published works. Stanford University has some type of memorial for my mother. She left behind an awesome legacy. She started as a PHD professor the first Baltic Studies department in the U.S. at Stanford. Lots of legacies my grandfathers left behind. My Family Tree has been traced back to a king of Latvia. Our records were kept by a church in Latvia, safe even from Stalin. My greatmother also brought a family tree with her when she escaped. We have blue blood ancestry and that is something they all were very proud of:) I guess I am too! 

Now, for the cranes, I believe that I will see all my loved ones again along with Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father. I believe that I will live eternally forever. I will join the heavenly hosts in much more work that gets done on the other side. Katerina 

Jan 23, 2010 04:52 PM #3
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Dan - buried under information? Ttat's a good place to be lost

Jan 23, 2010 11:33 PM #4
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I have my mother's photos albums as well. I don't know most of the people in them except for her. Photos don't last forever, though, maybe 200 years. And the media we use today might not be playable 20 years or 50 years from now as the devices evolve. For example, I have several books I wrote on floppy disks. I considered converting them but why. Whatever format I upload them to will probably be gone by the time I kick the bucket.

Tell me, Jon, what about the parts of the world where cranes don't fly?

Jan 24, 2010 06:11 AM #5
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William - life IS granted, so we are doing everything all right (LOL). As we do not analyze how we breathe (unless we are sick)

Jan 24, 2010 08:56 AM #6
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Katerina - wow, this is great. However, can you read your great grandfather's books in Latvian? How connected are you with Latvian culture? How connected will be your children and grandchildren?

Or they will be simply American (do not take me wrong, I find it perfectly OK and perfectly normal).

The umbilical chord of culture is often the language, and we lose it with time. I meet so many people whose grandparents came from the Ukraine, or Russia, or Poland... They do not usually speak the language, their memories are from their grandmas, they still remember a few words, and few dishes, but they are Americans, same as Americans who came from Ireland, or Germany, or Portugal, or Argentina...

And this is great. I thought I would regret it, but I don't. I am OK that my older grandson speaks Russian, though a bit funny, but the little one every time he hears the question in Russian, he asks: "What does it mean?"

Jan 24, 2010 09:15 AM #7
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Elizabeth - but you can transport them now from one media to another. Information, whether just bits or bytes or analog data can be stored now.

And do ot worry, white cranes do not know borders, They will fly here

Jan 24, 2010 09:17 AM #8
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Jon, it's wonderful to have access to these old photos.  My cousins and I are putting a bunch of stuff on a Facebook page sort of dedicated to my wonderul, wacko maternal grandmother.  And a lot of them are totally priceless!

Jan 24, 2010 10:24 AM #9
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Jon, I so enjoyed reading this.  It made me stop and ponder.  Not just comment for some points.....

I had to read this over and over:

 We forgot how to disappear, how to pass away, how to fade out.  

You have quite a knack with words.  What a gift.....

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Jon - 'we used to fade out"  How right you are.  Fading out is a lost art, now, but art nonetheless.  We all want to leave a print somewhere; few of us ever will. A few snapshots, words carelessly let out into the world, a splash of paint... The ones closest to us will see the soft glimpses of our ex-being in these gifts, fading orchids that were always too much to take care of in the first place.  The rest of the world will be largely indifferent.

An old professor of mine once said that Russians have this bzarre peculiarity.  A sort of 'sickness unto death", a fatalistic sentimentality of sorts.  The white cranes seem a fitting metaphore.  We are all more fragile than our shadows, digital, analog or anything else MIT nerds throw at us.  The hugs, the tears, the laughter - to the few that matter are eternal.  :-)

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Patricia - enjoy your project, I think it can be as joyful, and as sorrowful

Jan 24, 2010 04:25 PM #12
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Maggie - Thank you for your kind words

Jan 24, 2010 04:31 PM #13
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Inna - "We are all more fragile than our shadows, digital, analog or anything else MIT nerds throw at us.  The hugs, the tears, the laughter - to the few that matter are eternal."

Wow, so well said. Thank you

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Jon,

Your legacy certainly impress me!

I have allot of old family photos, I wish my Grandparents had labeled better. Many have only first names.

Bill

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Jon, my grandparents came over from the Ukraine area.  Many called themselves Ukrainians because that was a recognized country at the time.  I did some searching and found that they came from an area that is currently the SE corner of Poland.  From what I can determine, they were Rusyns

After World War Two the Polish government destroyed many of the villages and relocated the Rusyns to allow Poles to take over their land.  I've heard from some who went back to try to find their roots and there's nothing and no one there anymore. It's all gone.  Who knows where they all are now.

I never really had any ethnic pride or any sense of loyalty to my ancestors' origins.  I was born an American and that's all that matters to me. Most of the traditions will probably end with me and my siblings. I think that you are born in a time and place and enjoy or struggle with the life you were granted.  Hopfully a few attitudes and ideas will live on with your children.

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Hi Jon!  You ARE quite the writer--I always have to re-read your posts--I know there's more than one meaning and I'm bound to find it before I comment!  Like Tim though, I am ashamed to say that I have no sense of ethnic pride either--other than that of being an American through and through!  I'm patriotic, does that count?!

I love Inna's comment too--I simply MUST read her more!  So many wonderful writers (including you and yours)...so little time!

 

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Bill - I think legacy is a strong word, and as Inna says "few of us ever will". But as with other things in life, If you were not a hero, it is not a valid reason to become a piece of sh*t.

Not becoming it is also a legacy in the world where there are so many temptations.

Jan 25, 2010 05:30 PM #18
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Tim - I always suspected it by reading your last name (and I may pronounce it the way you ancestors did, a tiny bit different from the way you do it).

I think you are absolutely correct about being an American. That what the whole melting pot idea is about.

I came to US in 1991 and as a wave of immigrants we were not a nice bunch, not the dissidents like 20 years ago. We were more conformists, more pragmatic, it was simply easier and not dangerous to get to US, hence so many did...

We were met with care, warmth, that we did not always deserve... I once asked someone from the Jewish Community Council how they felt seeing that they were getting absolutely not what they were expecting. The man smiled and said that adults would not change, they would adjust, some better some not. However, their children and, especially, grandchildren would be "normal" Americans like you or Debe. There is no shame in it, it is what used to make the fabric of America, it is still what makes it.

Everything else is purely academical.

Jan 25, 2010 05:44 PM #19
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Debe - you just extend a lot of credit to me. Thanks for your support.

Ad for the pride, you have a lot of pride as American, and that counts. And no shame here. My grandchildren are just Americans, and not Russian Americans (the elder speaks Russian, though). For them me and Olga are a bit exotic, and it adds some fun.

We came here to become Americans, and though for us it is a result of a concerted effort, for them it is as natural as breathing, and I am very happy with that.

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Exotic, I like that!  After seeing Inna's birthday photos, it's obvious to the world that exotic or not, you and your beautiful wife are adored by many!

Have a wonderful Wednesday...

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