“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

11.24.2008

The Juggler

These are the hands of a juggler.

These hands spend a lot of time behind a steering wheel - to the store, to the doctor, to schools & pharmacies & auto repair shops. These hands spend a lot of time making telephone calls to children, grandchildren, a boyfriend, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, neighbors, plumbers, physical therapists.

These are the hands that gently help Mary out of her chair or bed, help her dress, cook her meals. They are also the hands that wheel the trashcan out to the curb every Monday & Thursday morning. They wash dishes, fold laundry, change the cat litter. They know which flowers to cut & put in vases all around the house, they know how to re-program the remote control when the television loses all volume, they know how to snap beans, they know exactly how much cherry ice cream to put in the bowl. They address cards & letters, they make sure photographs have the dates taken written on their backs, they buy cakes & cookies & cokes for the neighbors. These hands refused to leave Mary in the nursing-home-from-hell-which-shall-remain-nameless. They sweep porches & mow yards & point out the most delicious, ridiculous, awful newspaper stories for Mary's delight.

These hands wave at me every day from across the street. A part of our neighborhood. Let me introduce Lyndi.

Her hands are the hands that truly do it all. Hands of strength, but no doubt hands that are exhausted. Open hands full of love & giving & giving & caring & thoughtfulness. These are the hands that keep Mary alive.

Thank you.

A juggler.
With all her balls in the air.
but she needs time off

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful hands (get rid of the cigarette though!) We all have beautiful hands....My grandma's were crippled up from a life of cake decorating and hard work but I told her that they were the most beautiful hands and I meant it!

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  2. Beautiful, hardworking, honest, caring, hands, lovely photograph!

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  3. Christy - They are beautiful hands. And while I worry about her smoking, I'm not sure she would be able to do all she does without it. :)

    Suvarna - Thank you! I haven't shown this to Lyndi yet, and I know she's gonna wish there was no cigarette in the picture - LOL! - but they are truly hardworking, honest, caring, beautiful hands, attached to a hardworking, caring, underappreciated woman.

    :) Debi

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  4. Hands, the most important part of someone's body, in my view.
    We are God's hands on earth.

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  5. E - You can tell a lot about a person by their hands. Rhett Butler saw through Scarlett's deception by looking at her hands.

    :) Debi

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  6. You know who to say thank you better than anyone I know.

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  7. Despite the horrible experiences you have had with unmentionable companies, Mary is so well taken care of.
    These wonderful hands are so full of love in all that they do. How beautiful, the way you have introduced us to this generous and caring soul.

    xoxo

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  8. Those are the hands of a true loving heroine...

    xoxo

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  9. Thanks for the great post, I started my career in nursing after finishing a associate degree in nursing from
    associate degree nursing schools

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