Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I am a hand watcher. It's one of the first things I notice about a person. Whether or not they tell me anything about someone, I still notice them. Generally I pay the most attention to people's fingers. I make note of length, width, and ratio to palm. I look at the shape of the finger nails, how long they are, or if the finger nails are gone.

I watch women's hands; they posess a beauty that fascinates me but I don't really know why. Women have beautiful hands-the things they do with their hands make them even more so. The women I know have gentle, soft, busy hands. They care for themselves, for children, for friends, for strangers.

The men I know-I wouldn't say that their hands are beautiful. But I would say that their hands are strong. Strong, and still gentle.

The hands I have known and do know are gentle. They are strong. They are busy and soft. Men and women alike; my parents, my sisters, my brother. My friends' parents, my friends themselves. Neighbors, teachers, coworkers, even strangers. The simple things that they do-brushing my hair, opening a door for me, carrying groceries, driving me to school, paying for things, wiping away tears, pushing a button on the elevator-all things that people I know well and do not know well have done for me and for others.

Hands do so many things. They can destroy. They can build. They can strike. They can caress. They can wave...and they can flip you off. I have experienced all of those things because someone used their hands.

I wonder what my hands have done.

(...though I do know that I've never flipped anyone off...)


Q said...

You have dancer hands: small and articulate, in perfect line at the end of an outstretched arm.

Woman in a Window said...

Q knows you? Those are your hands? Nice.

I have muppet hands. They're bigger than I expect every time. I poke my eyes by accident, help others quickly, and hurt them by mistake too often. Know those big foam fingers at football games? Modelled after mine.

I like how you think, how you see.


Georgie K. Buttons said...

Q: I do? :D That makes me happy. Thanks!

erin: I think that the fact that you help others quickly makes your hands beautiful. Size doesn't matter. Besides, I love those foam fingers. They're so much fun!

Thanks, friend!

SandyCarlson said...

A beautiful reflection. You have me thinking of all the hand gestures I take in in a day. Simple things that say so much.

~*~The Family~*~ said...

This post makes so much more sense when you don't read the first line as "I am a hand washer."

Georgie K. Buttons said...

Sandy: It's amazing how much we do and don't even notice, isn't it?

Family: BAHA!! Oh, that made me laugh so hard. And yet...I AM a hand washer...I'm a little germ paranoid. Lol.