The Gallery: Hands

I’m actually crying as I try and type this. Today is a very special day. It’s my Grandma’s 100th birthday – yes 100! I’m pretty sure it’s the day she’s been holding on for, for at least the last 3 years, when she hasn’t been able to communicate very well. Her brain is still fully functioning, but she can’t hear too well, or speak or write so she has no way of letting us know what she’s thinking.

I couldn’t let today go without showing a picture of my Grandma, but when I saw the theme was ‘hands’ I saw this picture in a completely different light. Who needs to hear or speak to communicate when your hands can say so much? Those frail, 98 year old hands are protecting and loving those newborn hands, and those little hands have placed all their trust in them. This is pretty much the only picture I have of my Grandma with her only Great Grandchildren, and it’s the last time she really saw them with an awareness of who they, and I were. It is so precious, but it’s only now that I’m learning to look beyond the obvious. It’s not all about the faces at all, so thank you, Tara for helping me see this!

This week’s other Gallery pictures can be found on Tara’s blog over at Sticky Fingers.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emma
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 08:39:43

    How lovely… and how fantastic to be 100 too! 🙂


  2. HELEN
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 08:42:25

    this had brought a tear to my eye – look at that little tiny hand holding onto that wise old hand that has touched so much in it’s lifetime…. Happy Birthday Grandma! x


  3. achan
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 13:58:24

    I love how she’s holding on tight to your daughters hand, she’s weak yet strong at the same time. A very Happy 100th birthday to her


  4. rossmountney
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 17:42:15

    You are truly lucky! x Some lovely posts round your blog – I believe mums are the greatest – once a mum always a mum! Sadly my own has gone now – I think my latest book turned out to be a bit of a tribute to her really. Mums (and that includes Grans of course) are the best aren’t they!


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