Sunday, March 23, 2008

Mrs. Man Hands

Funny . . . or not so funny, but true. My hands are not the prettiest. They are not manicured. They are even a little rough. I have taken to calling them my man hands. I'm okay with it. I have come to terms and accepted my man hands for what they are. While other ladies may have pretty sparkly paint on the tips of their fingers, mine do not. Not by desire to be plain. No, I kind of like a little sparkle here and there. I have even tried to apply the fake nails - only to have that end hours later while I am at the sink scrubbing on a pot, or while I am outside digging in the dirt. Let's face it - they are not pretty, but they allow me to experience some pretty beautiful things in this life. They have given me the opportunity to make wonderful meals for my family. These rough looking paws have held life at it's newest. My man hands have also allowed me to hug and love on my little ones. They have been used in teaching children how to read. They have even given me the blessing to point out scripture to someone as they accept the Lord as Saviour. I laugh about my man hands with others, but it is all in jest. For I am thankful for their physical toughness - it allows me some very tender moments in this life.

5 comments:

Daughter of the King said...

I too have *man hands* and like you they sure have done their share of work. Charissa, there is so much that is truly feminine about you, I noticed that years ago. To include your gracious loving way with people, that I would not consider your hands, man hands but hands of service, servant hands. for you indeed are a servant of the Lord in the may facets of your life.
I do not believe in giving idle flattery so please accept my words as the way that I see you, in all honesty.
Deby

Jenny said...

OOOhhhhhh Charrissa, so very funny of a post, yet sweet at the same time. I have to share that I was so giggling when I first opened your blog today and saw the title and the photo. With our deep history of the "man hands" issue... I thought it was so cute and funny at the same time. :) For the 621 time man hands, you do not have man hands. :):) You're hands are beautiful because they are YOURS, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. BUT, since you are so very fond of that nick name, I will allow it to go on, knowing in my heart that it is only because you love that name so much, not because it's actually true. :)
It is amazing to think about all of the things our hands have done, isn't it? Amazing.

Amanda said...

What a great post. I have an obsession about how ugly my feet are! You are so adorable! Had a great time with you on Sunday morning. Those hands of yours are just what you need!
Amanda

an old friend said...

you have always had very nuturing hands..you're a great teacher and a great example of what a Godly wife and woman should be. I dont think you have "man hands" at all. I think you're hands characterize the person you are and what a hard worker you are!!!

Lisa's Blessed A Latte said...

I was told that many years ago by my best friend in high school. One day out of the clear blue she looked at my hands and said "You have man hands" she is also the one that teased me back then that I ate "milk bone dog biscuits" becuse my teeth were so white...he...he...