Okay, let’s hear an applause for our hands!!!
Today as I punch out these words on the keyboard, my fingers are covered in black paint I couldn’t get off yesterday from applying rust preventive paint to my rig. It occurred to me that only a few days before, I was stripping bark off of aspen saplings. Two days ago I was enmeshed in creating jewelry as gifts. And even today my fingers are walking over the keys of my computer. How talented my hands are!!!
Without them what would I accomplish? It is helpful that the human species has learned to create tools for our hands to use (and I’ll bet they used their hands to do so…) Just think about it. What do your hands do?
This morning I thought about that…I’ve washed how many dishes? Prepared how many meals over my lifetime? I’ve folded the laundry, dug, planted and weeded the garden. Made clothes for my family and myself, created quilts, hammered nails for a deck, painted the walls. I’ve done architectural drawings, written letters, term papers and lists, and drawn pictures and paintings.
I’ve changed diapers, bathed and dressed children. My hands have lovingly stroked my children, caressed a lover, touched a friend just where it hurt.
With my hands I have touched the textures of the world – pine needles, grass, velvet, sand paper, mud, the rush of a mountain stream, rocks, feathers, leaves, scales of a fish. I’ve taken photos that record my experiences (with a ‘right-handed’ camera, by the way!) My hands have petted animals, played musical instruments, and applied lotion to my body.
What would I do without my hands? My hands are small, like a child’s hands. When I was young and required ‘discipline’ from a spanking, my mother would inquire how I could cover so much territory on my back side with such little hands!!!
Thank you hands! I love you!