hands SOLC #29

Isn’t it a gift to have hands that can do so much? Today I am thankful for my own useful hands and for the hands of those I love.

These are my granddaughter’s hands.  I love the dimpled knuckles. These hands are so sweet, and when she places them on each side of your face and says “I have a secret,” I melt. Then she whispers in your ear, “I love you.”


They are also artistic. She is very creative and makes three dimensional art as well as all kinds of colorful drawings and designs on paper. Once at her house I saw drawings of Peter Pan and Tinkerbell she had made and cut out, after her first trip to Disneyworld.


I asked her to reproduce them on canvas, which I have now to cherish. Notice the fireworks – Tinkerbell lights the castle for the nightly show, you know.


Eeek! These are my old, plain hands. Brown-spotted and wrinkled, with arthritis in some knuckles, but I still appreciate all they can do.


Through the years I have tried to be creative. I have tried calligraphy, watercolor, cross stitch, smocking, and other attempts at art.  When I retired I gave some specially selected books to each grade level at my school where I had been the reading specialist. I wrapped them all in black and added some reading quotes to each package:


These gnarly hands belong to my hardworking husband. He is always busy with projects and tasks. He likes to work in the yard, do wood working, paint, and help others.


They can be tender hands as well as tough – our grandchildren love for him to pat their backs as they fall asleep.


His hands can be artistic too.  Look at this stylish mailbox he recently made:


Thank you, Lord, for hands!

May You always keep our hands busy in service and love.

6 thoughts on “hands SOLC #29

  1. jodimahoney says:

    I love the way you framed this post with text, picture, text, picture. It’s the perfect way to tell the story of the hands. I’d love to learn more about your family through their hands.

  2. bbutler627 says:

    Oh I love this. The images of each of these hands ties a string around this whole thing. It’s beautiful. It’s own art form in writing and raising grandchildren. I love it.

  3. jaclynfre says:

    Lovely reflection on hands! As someone who was adopted from Korea, it was through my hands that I first made the connection to my ancestors as a child. I realized that the flesh and blood of my hands once belonged to the body of people I have never met.

    This cross-generational hand tribute you’ve offered confirms the connection that can literally be made across time and space. Thank you for sharing!

  4. JudyK /J Koval says:

    This is so beautiful. I love the way that you describe the hands and tell what they can do… and the pictures are the icing on the cake! What a thoughtful, heart-warming piece you have written. 🙂 ~JudyK

  5. karpenglish says:

    I love the story of your family through hands. That is a great way to look at your life. The wrapping on the books and the word quotes was so beautiful. The recipients must have hated having to unwrap them!

  6. Tracey says:

    Your writing makes me imagine I can actually see the lineage from your hands to your granddaughter’s in those pictures.

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