The string of cranes came with us on our cross-country move from New Jersey to New Mexico, and so did the man. He married my mother and became my dad.
I came across a packet of origami paper in my partner's desk this week, which triggered the memory. I sat down and began folding.
Four cranes, one for each of my siblings, and the diamond at the bottom for me.
That sounds far more egotistical than I mean it to! But I still do like the in-between diamond stage of the cranes the best. The cranes fold flat, and I tucked the mobile into a card to send for father's day with a note about how I still remember that craft we made together, twenty-five years ago.
There's a great WikiHow tutorial here on how to fold paper cranes. If you want to string them like I did, you'll need a heavy needle and embroidery floss (any sturdy string will do.) You need to stitch the top of the diamond together - I did this by weaving the thread in and out. Then you will simply string the thread through each crane - tying a small knot under the crane so it won't slip down - and after they are all strung you make a loop to hang. It's a very easy little gift.