Monday, April 16, 2007

Hands Speak Loudly

One of the most beautiful and telling parts of the human body are someones hands.

Hands can be almost as telling about a person as their eyes. They convey much more than we realize, just be being out there to the elements and such an important part of our everyday lives. They can speak volumes as to what kind of a person someone is, or how hard their life has been.

Someone could have chewed and painful looking fingernails, revealing a nervous personality or a stressful situation. A man with clean hands, though creased with black - could be a mechanic and unable to clean his hands properly, no matter how many times they are washed.

A farmer might have large hands, seemingly made to work the land, and may be leathery and worn from hours outside, tending to their livelihood.
Hands can tell us if someone leads a privileged life, soft and manicured with expensive rings and impeccable nails. They can tell of an artist, paint speckled or stained with charcoal from drawing.
They can speak of physical pain. Gnarled and lined from years of hard work, or crippled from arthritis. They can show self confidence in a firm handshake, or nerves in a sweaty grasp.

But besides the way they look, perhaps more important is the way they can convey emotion and feelings. Just think of when you might be full of rage, your hands balled into fists, perhaps itching to hit the closest thing to you out of frustration. A quick temper might be revealed in an open palmed slap, fast and stinging. When you are angry, a quick flip of one finger can reveal to the world how you are feeling.
Your hands can help tell a story, by exaggerating movements and scenarios. Some of the best storytellers in the world speak as much with their hands as with their words.
When you're feeling shy or embarrassed, you can hide behind them, shutting out the world to the emotions written across your face. They can also be forceful, mean and hurtful.

But the best part about someones hands is when they can convey love and affection, or someones true feelings. Just think of when you are sad or upset, and someones hands have enveloped you, or pushed your hair back to wipe tears from your cheeks and let you know that everything will be alright. Someones hands can help you up when you've fallen, or warm you when you are cold.

Just think of the shiver down your spine, and the tingle on your skin when someone dances their fingers across your flesh. When someone uses their hands to tilt your face to theirs for a long, slow kiss, or pulls you towards them in a stolen moment.

Think of when you are sitting beside someone in the car, and the way your hands fit with theirs - or how well they play together, with soft slow caresses or intertwined fingers. With the smallest of movements you can tell someone you love them.

Hands, a wonderful part of life and love.


Blogger John said...

I am going to spend the whole day looking at hands now!

My grandfather had the most amazing hands. Will blog about him soon, I think.

3:12 AM  
Blogger mr zig said...

my hands are dry... I will go and steal some lotion from your office.

*nice post though - i enjoyed it alot, cuz I also really like hands.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Logziella said...

Wow!!! So well written Ali!!! You have amazing talent!

When you said 'leathery hands', it made me think of my grandpa and how much of a hard worker he was and how much I loved him holding my hand. Oh how I miss him!!!!

8:20 AM  
Blogger mike said...

you know... six months ago I would have never fully gotten this post... very well put :o)

8:31 AM  
Blogger Peach Pod said...

Really nice writing. Thanks for sharing!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

You forgot to add how devastating the "tenderizer" can be to soft flesh.

10:15 AM  

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