Although it may not be a traditional figure like the tsuru (crane), the paper fortune teller we use to make as kids is technically origami (“folded paper”). So, apologies to everyone I ever told that it wasn’t (most recently my friend, Angela). Apparently it appeared in the book Fun with Paper Folding by Murray and Rigney, published in 1928.
When my co-worker Cherie left for another gig, I made her an origami zebra that she named Erin. The figure is a beautiful and complex one-paper design originally created by John Montroll and can be found in his book African Animals in Origami.
Some questions in life are tougher to answer than others. At least some of them have real answers. Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, to all the moms out there, and to all who keep their moms on their toes.