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The Gallery – Dads

The Gallery theme this week is Dads.

These hands were once the perfect hands of a newborn baby.

These hands once held tightly to a mother’s hand.

These hands nursed a bedbound grandmother as a boy.

These hands rode a bike across fields and towns.

These hands did manual labour with little care for health and safety.

These hands served in the war in many countries.

These hands put a ring on a woman’s finger.

These hands held two newborn sons.

These hands drove his wife to collect an longed-for adoptive daughter.

These hands did office work.

These hands shook hands with people the little boy could never have imagined meeting.

These hands wiped away a tear when his boyhood friend passed away.

These hands drove his wife and her friends wherever they wanted to go

These hands helped with homework.

These hands cooked and did housework when men did not do those sort of things.

These hands took his wife a cup of coffee every single day of their marriage.

These hands recieved and gave Holy Communion.

These hands held the Bible

These hands tied a bow-tie before singing at the Albert Hall.

These hands held a truncheon, put handcuffs on and took notes.

These hands wrote their life story.

These hands tended ill relatives including children, parents and siblings-in-law.

These hands worked a till.

These hands made the important and difficult phone calls.

These hands negotiated with authorities.

These hands fetched and carried supporting school and church events.

These hands cared for grandchildren from birth.

These hands held a daughter as she went into labour.

These hands cared for a wife when the news was the worst.

These hands held that wife’s hand long after everyone else had left the deathbed scene.

These hands felt the wife’s life slip away.

These hands do crosswords.

These hands playfight with grandchildren.

These hands buy treats for a daughter.

These hands cook and clean everything now the wife is gone.

These hands mow the lawn and work on the land.

These hands treat the cats and dogs.

These hands give biscuits to grandchildren when they come in from school.

These hands hold books every single day.

These hands put out and bring in the bin.

These hands open a bottle of wine most nights and why not?

These hands are strong, brave and true.

These hands belong to my Dad and I love him.


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11 thoughts on “The Gallery – Dads

  1. So Beautiful! Love this post and reading all about your Dad…He sounds like a wonderful man x

    Posted by Mama Syder | June 15, 2011, 6:33 pm
  2. This is an absolutely beautiful piece, it’s pure poetry. Made me feel quite emotional too describing the journey a person makes through life. I really enjoyed it. xx

    Posted by Sam | June 15, 2011, 8:21 pm
  3. Beautiful 🙂 xxx

    Posted by Inside the Wendy House | June 15, 2011, 8:25 pm
  4. This is an amazing post. What a special tribute to a special man. Nat

    Posted by this is us | June 15, 2011, 9:26 pm
  5. those hands are busy hands. humble and graceful and full of love abundant

    Posted by sheonad | June 15, 2011, 9:38 pm
  6. What a beautiful and moving post

    Posted by dawniebrown | June 16, 2011, 1:15 am
  7. Absolutely beautiful post! I am welling up now… xx

    Posted by Forest Flower | June 16, 2011, 6:52 am
  8. That is utterly beautiful

    Posted by Paula (QWERTY mum) | June 16, 2011, 8:25 am
  9. Beautiful!!!

    Posted by Caroline | June 16, 2011, 1:31 pm
  10. Oh my, this is such an absolute treasure! Your Dad must love this. Have a very happy Father’s Day x A poignant post, photograph and writing. Love this!

    Posted by Sarah | June 18, 2011, 5:32 am
  11. What a beautiful piece of writing. It brought tears to my eyes. I hope you let your dad read this, x

    Posted by Vanessa | June 19, 2011, 7:01 pm

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