Gesture, A Self Portrait
The theme for SAPCC weekly challenge was “self portrait”. Ugh. It didn’t really appeal to me, frankly.
But, on Friday I took my three year old grand niece to the library, our bi-weekly visit, and I had one thought about it. I am 63 years old, single and have never had children. Yet, my self portrait would somehow have to reveal my joy in the company of those who have yet to reach the age of reason. As long as they have not reached that critical cognitive level, they seem to enjoy my company and bring much joy to mine no matter what age they are.
So, I chose the small gesture, almost unconscious on my part, of reaching out for the little hand next to mine as we walk across the street or simply take a walk on a leafy fall day. What I like about it the most is that it all happens without words. Sometimes, I put my hand out and the little hand finds mine. Sometimes, the little hand finds mine before I have a chance to reach out. It is a wordless gesture that may be unconscious but it exists here in shadow.
©Pat Coakley 2008
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