I have a special place in my heart for my grandparents, actually just elderly people in general. I love to sit and listen to the stories about when they were younger and I’m (mostly) receptive to the advice they have to offer. My kids demand the same stories over and over and over about when my parents were kids.
This summer the katydids were back at my grandmas house, so naturally my kids were curious about them. I snapped a few pictures of them holding one or at least the weird looking shells they leave behind. My grandmother found a live one that she picked up for long enough for it to crawl around on her hands so the girls could see. I took a picture of that because my girls wanted a copy in their albums. Later on, I was looking at the photos I notice my grandmothers hands. They have 82 years of life on them. She has freckles and her fingers don’t work as good as they used to. But they are beautiful, he is every single line every single scar has a story.
Hands do a lot for us. They hold our pencils, they type these words, they hold steering wheels of lawnmowers and they hold the reins that control horses. They hold babies close when they are happy sad or mad. We use them to give high-fives or to hold hands with our loved ones. They help us eat, drink and fold dreaded laundry. They hold books for us to read. Hands hold puppies and bake cookies. They can be used to show love or anger.
Hands are what tell part of our story. I hope one day that my hands can tell the story of my adventures. I hope that if I am blessed to live to an old age, that my hands will be able to tell the story of my life. That my grandchildren or great-grandchildren will be able to point to my hands, ask what happened there, and I will have a story to tell them.
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