Occasionally I think about using some hand cream on them. But more often than not, I forget. It's a shame really, because those sweet hands serve me so well each day . . . Surely there should be some reward for that? But they continue on humbly; with anything I ask of them, daily tasks, usually unafraid, and always willing to give things their best shot.
I've sometimes thought it would be a good idea to have an international "celebration of hands" day. On that day, you'd have to wear boxing gloves, or thick bandaging on your hands all day! That way you could truly appreciate the true beauty of having hands, or, conversely, how difficult it must be not to have them . . .
Growing and Doing . . .
Hand holding with someone you love is a prescription for mental well being, a feeling of safety, and has actually been shown to hugely calm feelings of stress. It's surprising though not to see more of it going on. I mean, it does become harder to find the hand holding moments when you have many other life things happen, but it's always safe to say love can't go while you still hold hands at some point in the day.
Older couples are great on holding hands, and for some reason it is a particularly comforting and admired thing for others to see. Very recently a couple married 67 years both died within five hours of each other, and they were still holding hands. They had been inseparable since elementary school.
Isn't this the ultimate we could ever seek in life? A partner who loves, and demonstrates that love in a hands-on way until the end of time together?
Hands are Romance
Follow on a couple more years, and the hands are into everything, exploring, connecting, feeling, touching disgusting things with which more mature people never dream of contaminating themselves. It's all part of exploration, of toughening those hands for tasks to come.
Going on in life, the hands seem to become more slender and mysterious. Their capabilities blossom on a daily basis. They learn to perfect crafts, writing, all the arts of life. Sometimes they make beautiful music, in a seemingly impossible flight of movements that can be trained to perfection. They're graceful, they're smooth, fingers usually focused on being the bearers of rings and ornaments. Nails are shapedand painted with daily loving care.It's just that time of life.
Hands Teaching, Serving Others
But no matter what age they are, hands are still a marvelous invention.
For one thing those hands still continue to do their best possible work for you. Sometimes they're a bit shaky, but they're brim-full of knowledge, those old neural paths of learning are most often intact, and can give labours of love and beautiful memories to family and friends. They move quickly and efficiently to perform tasks that make others gasp.
I love watching the hands I see. This week I decided to video some beautiful and extraordinary hand movements in my knitting group you've heard so much about. We meet on Tuesdays in the Gibsons & District Public Library of in Gibsons, BC, Canada. The library staff is wonderful and very supportive of our work.
I hadn't really realised the full intricacy of movement this particular handicraft requires until now. My knitting friends graciously allowed me to include their beautiful handiwork in a video I've placed below for you. In it, you'll see their hands moving constantly, twisting, turning, forming knitted fabric right under your eyes.
As a group we knitters enthusiastically make what seems to be needed when hospitals and care homes want some knitted items.
Twiddle Muffs? Help For Dementia
Many dementia patients have a constant need to fiddle with their hands, and the twiddle muffs are comforting to them. They put their hands inside the muffs and can twiddle with little objects of various kinds for tactile stimulation, arthritis relief and comfort. There are even objects of various textures and types sewn on to the outside as well.
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