Dad’s Hands

These hands bear a story.

Once they belonged to a boy who used them to climb, throw and play his way through the tiny, cobblestoned streets of war-torn Europe. Before too many years passed these hands fought in a different war, in a different land against a relentless enemy. Having survived those terrible hours, they eventually held the rail of a ship that made its way toward the New World and the promise of opportunity. It wasn’t long before these hands, in sickness and in health, clasped another’s–a tiny wisp of a girl from Eastern Canada. These were the hands that gave their only son his first bath and over the years held his hand and gave him comfort whenever needed. Never once were they raised in anger; they protected. They toiled at a thankless job for decades; at times they toiled at two jobs to make ends meet. They did these things because that’s what you do for family. Eventually they hugged a newly married son and daughter-in-law. For hours on end these hands helped carry and bounce a colicky baby about the house, they even clumsily began changing diapers again. Now they play endless games with two exhaustingly adoring grandchildren. These hands have done much over the years; they are roughened by honest work and a hard life but are somehow gentler than ever.

These hands bear a story–Dad’s story.

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  1. Posted September 20, 2011 at 9:47 pm by Stéfan Lévesque | Permalink

    You have such a gift for images and words. I always enjoy your posts. Well done.

  2. Posted September 20, 2011 at 9:51 pm by Carlos | Permalink

    Awesome Post.

  3. Posted September 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm by Francis | Permalink

    Love it Chris. Great post.

  4. Posted September 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm by fabrizio | Permalink

    another really wonderful photo with a intense story inside, it’s really interesting to dicover your news my friend

  5. Posted September 21, 2011 at 5:50 am by Journey Photographic | Permalink

    Amazing how a simple portrait of hands, and some well-chosen words, can say so much.

  6. Posted September 21, 2011 at 7:23 am by crash | Permalink

    very nice words to go with this photo ….!

  7. Posted September 21, 2011 at 9:36 am by Corinna | Permalink

    This photo makes me want to cry. He sounds like a very special man.

  8. Posted September 21, 2011 at 9:54 am by Kris Koeller | Permalink

    Very well paired photo and writing. Nice work.

  9. Posted September 21, 2011 at 10:02 am by sherri | Permalink

    i could tell immediately they were hands that had taken on hard work. heartwarming post.

  10. Posted September 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm by Phil Vaughn | Permalink

    A fine tribute nicely done. Thank you, Christoper.

  11. Posted September 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm by Doug Hickok | Permalink

    Simply superb Chris. You have been blessed to have such a father. Did you inherit your gift for creative writing and photography from him? And your mind for science too? Seems you have been double blessed :^)

  12. Posted September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm by k@ | Permalink

    Absolutely wonderful – words, emotion and the magnificence of the universal beauty those hands bear, light is gorgeous that offers the story you share, bravo, i enjoy this utterly (sorry i’m less on the photoblogs but don’t forget you ! 😉

  13. Posted September 22, 2011 at 2:43 am by Rue Du Lavoir | Permalink

    Touchant, émouvant. Le texte est encore plus fort que la photo. Les mains sont un symbole important. Elles représentent une partie de notre personnalité. Plus précisément, elles sont le prolongement de notre existence. Je salue, comme d’habitude, l’auteur de ce texte et son travail. Mes compliments Christopher.

  14. Posted September 22, 2011 at 5:48 am by Anny | Permalink

    Your words touched me as much as the picture.

  15. Posted September 22, 2011 at 6:13 am by Miles | Permalink

    Excellent photo and beautiful words, well done.

  16. Posted September 22, 2011 at 8:56 am by Katie | Permalink

    Tears flowed after reading this post; a lifetime of loving and living show in this good man’s hands. I would like to hold them! Thank you for this beautiful post.

  17. Posted September 22, 2011 at 9:19 am by Theys Roland | Permalink

    Excellent photo!

  18. Posted September 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm by John Maslowski | Permalink

    Powerful image, very moving words. Excellent work!

  19. Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:52 am by Aurore | Permalink

    I love old hands, each wrinkle tells a story indeed, so sweet and serene in your beautiful b&w.

  20. Posted September 23, 2011 at 12:54 am by Kala | Permalink

    Beautiful post Christopher. I almost teared up a bit.

  21. Posted September 23, 2011 at 7:51 am by Rob | Permalink

    Beautiful post, Christopher. The photo is is perfection.

  22. Posted September 23, 2011 at 8:41 am by george | Permalink

    It’s a rare talent that you have Chris, for sensitive, lyrical words and imagery.

    Have a great weekend.

  23. Posted September 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm by bluechameleon | Permalink

    I have to admit you almost had me in tears here…such an emotion piece, so full of expression and stories.

    This is so beautiful…I think maybe I ought to do the same the next time I see my father. Thank you for his one Chris.

  24. Posted September 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm by Klaus | Permalink

    Like the closeup of the hands, works perfect in b&w Christopher.

  25. Posted September 24, 2011 at 7:26 am by Mike Blanchard | Permalink

    What a wonderful lesson in ‘seeing’! Such rich content in such a simple subject, provided, of course, by a vision that looks beyond the obvious. Great post!

  26. Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm by Daniel | Permalink

    Excellent post, and lovely tribute.

  27. Posted September 25, 2011 at 12:13 am by Dave | Permalink

    wonderful image and beautiful words

  28. Posted September 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm by Marcie | Permalink

    Such a loving and beautiful tribute to your father. Love the image of his hands. Brought tears to my I read.

  29. Posted September 26, 2011 at 10:54 am by andrey samolinov | Permalink

    A stunning shot, full of history and meaning

  30. Posted September 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm by Ayush | Permalink

    excellent capture of those lined, creased hands which speak the same story you have put in words.

  31. Posted September 27, 2011 at 6:31 am by joshi daniel | Permalink

    strong and powerful!

  32. Posted September 28, 2011 at 2:25 am by yz | Permalink

    fantastic hands, fantastic shot

  33. Posted October 3, 2011 at 6:50 am by Will | Permalink

    A beautiful portrait of your fathers hand and a very moving story behind them. Sometimes I feel hands can be equally as expressive as a face, you’ve really shown me that again here.

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