Five Minute Friday – Hands

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Friday.  Today’s Five Minute Friday word is Hands.  This photo shows Ian using his hands when he was a little guy. He had just finished putting the puzzle together.

On your mark, get set, write… for 5 minutes.

Hands… I have enjoyed seeing Ian’s hands grow and change throughout his young life.

The day he was born, he was taken to the NICU in another hospital for a few issues.  That night Kirk went to see him.  As he was holding our newborn, Ian grabbed Kirk’s finger and held on really tight.  He seemed to know his daddy and that was a comfort to him. I think it was a comfort to both of them.

He was in the NICU for 4 days and nights before we could bring him home.  After having carried him for 9 months, these were the longest days of my life.  Each time we went, we held him and his hands and he held onto us; we fed him with the bottle and worked on breast-feeding, and we changed both his clothing and his diapers.

Now we hold hands when crossing the street walking to and from school.  There is nothing like the feel of that little hand in mind. I also like holding hands with my husband and always have.  And sometimes all three of us hold hands together and that is fun as well.

When our family gets together for parties and holidays, we hold hands to pray.  The circle of love is awesome and very special.  It is great to be a part of this circle and to hold hands with another family member.

Hands build, work, create, cook, bake, comfort, feed, communicate, and celebrate.  They are the most common way to touch someone else.  And, we praise and pray with them as well.

Before starting to write this blog, I hadn’t thought about how much I use my hands and take them for granted.  I will do my best not to do so anymore.

Times up!  I wonder what we will be doing with our hands today?  I look forward to finding out.

5minutefridayThe rules for 5 Minute Friday are:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

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10 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday – Hands

  1. I love your take on this – and i love holding hands with my little people. Now that almost half of them are teens, we don’t always hold hands to pray, and i miss it!

  2. This just makes my heart smile, my son also spent time in NICU, in another hospital an hour from me, I recall his tiny hand and now I see the beautiful man he has grown to be, yet I never forget the feeling of his tiny fingers curled around my hand

    • So glad it made you smile! We were about 45 minutes from the NICU. The hardest for me was that first night when I couldn’t go and see him. These tiny hands are amazing. Thanks so much for your comment. Patti

  3. I love how you captured different aspects of your life through your hands. Beautifully done. Thank you for visiting me the other day and leading me here. Blessings.

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