Two Teens And Their Mama: Hands, and Meeting a Blogging Friend

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Hands, and Meeting a Blogging Friend


I thought it would be fun today to link up with Lisa Jo Baker and her Five Minute Friday Challenge prompt. Every week Lisa Jo posts a word, and the idea is to write for five minutes about whatever pops into your head.  The prompt this week was Hands.

Go

I love my husband's hands.  We started dating when we were only 15, and I remember the first time we held hands, walking down the hallway at our high school.  I felt so elated and like I was part of something special.  We've been married for 24 years now, so I guess I was.  His hands are big and strong and have held me through good times and bad.

I love my children's hands.  I remember the feel of their little baby fists wrapped around my finger when I fed them.  My older son used to hold my face in his chubby little hands when he wanted to make sure I was listening to him.  Now their hands have grown and matured into those of fine young men.

I love my friend's hands.  So many times over the years they have lifted me up when I've needed them.  Helping me with a move, or a sick child, or a fun project.  I hope those hands will continue to be in my life as we get older.

I love my parent's hands, the very first ones I felt as a baby.  They have moved away, and I miss seeing those hands every day.

And lately, I love my fellow blogger's hands.  Reaching through their keyboards to encourage me with a kind word, or to post a nice comment on something I've written. Blogging has come at a time in my life when I really needed it.  All the helping hands have given me a new direction and focus in my life.

I love my own hands.  Through the years I have nurtured many people with them - my husband, my children, my friends, my parents.  They are a bit more wrinkled these days, and certainly not as strong as they used to be.  But there is a lot of history in these hands, and I think there is a lot of life left in them still.

Stop

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting my new blogging friend Susan when she came to the Seattle area for her son's soccer tournament.  Susan and I started our blogs around the same time and quickly found that we have a lot in common.  

When I first told my family I was meeting her for lunch, they said "um...no".  They asked how I knew she was legitimate.  When I pointed them toward her lovely blog, they were not convinced. I guess I've taught them well regarding the dangers of the internet - maybe too well!

They insisted on coming with me to make sure Susan was really Susan.  She was - a wonderful writer with a unique voice - and we had a lovely lunch date.  You can read what she wrote about it on her blog The Most -- Of Every Moment.  Three months ago I could never have imagined that I would have a new friend from the blogging world.  But I do - thank you Susan!




Have a great weekend!

26 comments:

  1. Lana - To be able to write what you did in 5 minutes tells me you are even a much better writer than I thought! So beautiful!
    I remember being a young nurse, and wondering if my chapped hands were beginning to reflect the competency of my mother's hands that I always admired.
    I am grateful for our friendship too Lana - and so happy that your family thought I checked out okay! It was fun to meet them too!

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    1. Thank you Susan! I was a little worried about only having 5 minutes but it was the perfect amount of time. So glad we got to meet in person!

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  2. Hi Lana. Thanks for this beautiful reflective post. I love all the people you mentioned in this post whom you love and adore! Visiting from FMF. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thank you Anne! I appreciate you stopping by and reading.

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  3. Enjoyed your post greatly. So glad that you included your own hands in your writing. It was an angle I had not though of - but very real - and very important. Thanks for sharing. Love FMF and the fellow bloggers!

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    1. Thank you for reading Kelli. I really enjoyed participating in FMF.

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  4. So many hands that shape and mold us! I loved this perspective.

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  5. Isn't it amazing how many hands we meet in the most unexpected places! Thank you for sharing your stories. I too have found comfort in the "arms" of friends.

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    1. Yes, you never know where a helping "hand" might come from! Thanks for stopping by.

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  6. What a wonderful post. What would we do without our hands?? Thank you for hsaring. Found you from FMF http://bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com/2014/06/hands-5-minute-prompt.html

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    1. We forget how important our hands are sometimes! Thank you Heather.

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  7. Lovely post. I think of how many times loving hands have reached out to save me from despair. Glad to have found you on the Midlife Boulevard.

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    1. Thank you Pat! So glad to meet you.

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  8. Wow, you met your hubby at 15. That is amazing. And I love the story you wrote. I have those ceramic baby hand tiles to remind me how tiny my boys once were.

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    1. My hubby and I have known each other a LONG time! I miss those baby hands sometimes.

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  9. Hi Lana, I love what you wrote about the special hands in your life... husband, children, parents, friends, bloggers and yours. Such a loving tribute to them.

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    1. Thank you Michele. I enjoyed FMF.

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  10. Five minutes to write, what a neat idea! Love the way you talked about the different hands in your life!

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    1. Thanks Marie. I was a little worried about the 5 minute time frame, but I really enjoyed it.

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  11. Lovely post! I like the writing prompts! Also, making that connection with another blogger is awesome!

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    1. Thank you! It was so wonderful to meet Susan in person!

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  12. I love that you're able to take such a simple word and really draw out so much complexity and meaning. You have such a caring family! That must have been fun connecting with Susan in person, especially after getting to know her through blogging-such a different way of meeting...reading a person's writings.

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    1. Thanks Holli. It was so fun meeting Susan in person.

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  13. WOW. You conveyed so much in five minutes - I'm impressed. And I'm so happy Susan wasn't a 20 year old dude in his parent's basement but know exactly what you mean about blogging friends. They're amazing. Here's to hands, connections, and your amazing writing.

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    1. Thank you so much! Even your comments are funny! Thanks for reading.

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