bakers hands · bread · bread making · comfort · hands · idioms · kneading · love


Hands.  Two.  Fingers.  Ten.  We often take for granted the use of our hands.  They can do so much.  Think about it.  
We have so many idioms related to hands.  Here are a few:  hands-on, handmade, a helping hand, be on hand, by hand, give a hand, in good hands, know like the back of your hand, lend a hand, life is in hands, experience something first-hand, try your hand at.  
I believe our hands tell stories.  They go through a lot . . . they hold and comfort and create. Hands hold memories.  A mother’s touch offers love.  Even now as an adult, I still crave placing my head in my mom’s lap as her hands gently caress my forehead to my hair, lulling me into a temporary reprieve from the pain, fears, frustrations, uncertainties of life.  
Hands are fascinating.  I was working with a baker-trainee one-on-one while she was in production.  She was laying cut bread on sheet pans.  I don’t know what it was but I kept watching the way her hands moved.  

The bright sunlight from a lone window cast a glow, highlighting her hands even more.  I had to capture it but the picture doesn’t do it justice.  I was fascinated.  She has a story to tell and I hope she feels comfortable enough to share it as we spend this brief journey together.

Hands denote a person who engages in manual labor.  I suppose that could be why bakers’ hands are fascinating.  They knead to create.  Hands tell stories and I can’t wait to hear them from my students as we intersect on this brief journey before our paths divert once again.  
My hands painted with mehndi (otherwise known as henna)

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