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    Hands

    A friend sent me this unrelated to what i got out of it.

    The ability to use your hands is an amazing thing most take for granted. eh
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    Grandpa, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. He didn't move, just sat with his head down staring at his hands.

    When I sat down beside him he didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if he was OK. Finally, not really wanting to disturb him but wanting to check on him at the same time, I asked him if he was OK.

    He raised his head and looked at me and smiled. Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking, he said in a clear strong voice.

    I didn't mean to disturb you, grandpa, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK, I explained to him.

    Have you ever looked at your hands he asked. I mean really looked at your hands?

    I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point he was making. Grandpa smiled and related this story:

    Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled, shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life.

    They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the floor.

    They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back.

    As a child my mother taught me to fold them in prayer.

    They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots.

    They held my rifle and wiped my tears when I went off to war.

    They have been dirty, scraped and raw, swollen and bent.

    They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son.

    Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.

    They wrote the letters home and trembled and shook when I buried my parents and spouse and walked my daughter down the aisle.

    Yet, they were strong and sure when I dug my buddy out of a foxhole and lifted a plow off of my best friend's foot.

    They have held children, consoled neighbors, and shook in fists of anger when I didn't understand.

    They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body.
    They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw.

    And to this day when not much of anything else of me works real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to fold in prayer.
    These hands are the mark of where I've been and the ruggedness of my life.
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    WOW! Do i hear that,of all the things ive lost,there all i want back..

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    Me to Shaun, I'm not worried about not walking again but I pray to God to give me my hands back .
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    i think all quads feel that way...myself included...


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    I agree....life was so much easier with hands that worked..but who likes easy??..yea I like easy too ...

    Im thankfull for what I can do with my hands now though..My heart hurts for the full quads that wish they could just move their arms..
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    Quote Originally Posted by abrooks311
    I agree....life was so much easier with hands that worked..but who likes easy??..yea I like easy too ...

    Im thankfull for what I can do with my hands now though..My heart hurts for the full quads that wish they could just move their arms..
    Me ttoo, thats the fustration of this life. They can make a rat walk, so why can't they give us or hands back... why damnit..... why.????????

    Isn't it funny that when you think of the "less" functional a funny feeling like you shouldnt be complaining comes over you, and your happy with what you got?
    Last edited by Patonb; 07-08-2005 at 04:17 PM.

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    I am very happy that I do have my arm use but the human mind always longs for more . I do feel for the upper quads out there.
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    Everytime i reach for something and meet it with a fist,or drop something like change or a piece of paper and know its gonna take five fuckin minutes to pick it up....i get angry..

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    You guys get your hands back before
    I whine about a FU&*ING thing.

    I don't bitch or even stand in line
    until you do.

    Joe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patonb
    Isn't it funny that when you think of the "less" functional a funny feeling like you shouldnt be complaining comes over you, and your happy with what you got?
    Ya know,i just reread my post and Paton you couldnt be more right.Atleast i can reach with that fist and half-ass grasp the target...and five minutes doesnt seem like along time...

    So to steal,and slightly alter,a quote from a wise sharp dressed man! ''You guys get your ARMS back before
    I whine about a FU&*ING thing.

    I don't bitch or even stand in line
    until you do.''

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