Saturday, February 12, 2011

My Grandma's Hands

I stood holding her hand yesterday, I stoked her arm, I talked to her a little, and I thought.
I thought about her hands and her arms.

For my entire life Grandma has been "squishy," but lately she has lost so much weight that the skin on her arms hangs loose. Her knuckles are gnarled by the years and by arthritis. Her hands are swollen from the IV's snaking along the bed, biting every finger and hand.

But, her hands are broad. Her fingers are not long and elegant. They are short and stocky. They are like my mom's. Like my aunts'. Like mine.

Her skin is pale, dotted with angel kisses up and down her porcelain arms. Like my mom's. Like my aunts'. Like mine.

My grandma's arms have rocked us to sleep. They have hauled our laundry out to dry. They have carried boxes and boxes of produce for sale. Her hands have spanked us. They have fed us. They have bathed us. They have dressed and diapered us.

Grandma's hands have reached all the way up her arms, and straight to her heart. They have been hands of love to each and every one of us.

Just like my mom. Just like my aunts. And I hope someday, someone will say, just like me.

9 comments:

Dana said...

they do already...I am sure! You are gifted with words my sweet friend! I am thankful that God is speaking so much to you during this time and that you are willing to share! Love you!

Therese said...

Gina-I am a friend of your Mom's and Karyn's. My heart ached as I read this it is so beautiful! I am continuing to pray for your entire family as you make this journey together. May God show you His comfort and peace.

Karen said...

Gina, this is just beautiful.

Elena said...

Whew...Gina...that moved me to tears. So lovely! Blessings to you and your family. May this be a peaceful time for you all.

Deida said...

That's pretty sweet Gina, I like it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. That warms my heart to remember my Mom........Marilyn

David BIL said...

Very Beautiful! Angie's hand is the prettiest! :)

Kelly Schlichtmann said...

Praying for you Gina. I know this is a very difficult time for you and God has you in the palm of His hand.
Love you my friend... Kelly

Frizzy said...

Ok, NOW WHO NEEDS A WARNING AND A BOX OF TISSUE! Your mom asked me if I had read this when I called to check on her tonight. We were still on the road but it's the first thing I did when we got home.

Beautiful tribute to your grandma and all the women in your family. Very well said my dear.