Every so often something unbelievably simple comes along and gives you pause. I’m not sure how I first learned of Wind Phones, but the idea of making that kind of call fills me with a sense of peace. Just one more call.
The ‘Phone of the Wind’ originated in Japan by its creator Itaru Sasaki, while grieving a cousin who died of Cancer. He purchased an old-fashioned phone booth and set it up in his garden and installed an obsolete, unconnected, rotary phone Here, Itaru felt a continued connection to his cousin and found comfort and healing amid his grief. Itaru gave his phone booth a name, Kaze No Denwa (風の電話), translated as The Telephone of the Wind.
Last week I won an auction held by Ottawa’s St. Vincent de Paul Store for an old rotary phone set up on a wooden shelf (see pic above). It’s perfect for a Wind Phone so now I’m on a quest of where to put it. There’s one located in Carlton Place, a quick drive from home, and I’m thinking of checking it out next week.
My quest now is to find the perfect place for my Wind Phone; someplace private, quite, accessible, and most importantly, peaceful. A place people can feel safe to grieve and cry if they need too.