Friday, January 7, 2011


Hi kids. (extra points if you can name that quote)

I am so grateful for my thumbs. Hands in general come in quite handy (ahem. Really, I typed that before I even noticed the pun...sad.), like several hundred or thousand times a day, but have you ever tried to use your fingers without your thumbs? Very difficult.

A while ago I sliced my thumb with a sharp and slightly out-of-control cheese slicer and it took about a week to get back to normal. It wasn't like I couldn't use my thumb at all, but it really made me pay attention to (and thereby appreciate) the many ways I use my thumbs.

The ones that became the most annoying by the time my thumb was back to it's not-painful-every-time-I-try-to-use-it state?
1- Changing diapers: a huge pain without two good thumbs.
2- Getting dressed, especially pants
3- Putting in and taking out my contacts: this one took me probably twice as long and was so incredibly awkward and uncomfortable that I almost resorted to glasses for a while. Almost.

This was a perfect example of me taking something totally for granted until I didn't have it for a while.

So thumbs up for thumbs!

(I've decided to use my own pictures from now on, even though I am not a stellar photographer, but I feel like my posts, while not as pretty, are a little more genuine that way.)


Melissa said...

Genuine and adorable. He is so big! A friend just mentioned how happy she was that she could finally breathe through both nostrils. Much like you thumb, easy to take things for granted until you loose it for a bit. Great post.

Elizabeth said...

I would have to add FEET. Feet are also a nice thing to have. I have been on crutches for 5 weeks after foot surgery and am now in the black boot. I have fallen my share of times in the last few weeks, therefore, working feet are important!

What a cute thumb!

snakerivermama said...

Haha! I sliced my index finger on my right hand this week and can't believe how handicapping it is not to be able to have full use of it! I have really been thinking about you, meaning to call and hoping you are well! I'll do that. Soon. And thanks for reminding me to be grateful for index fingers, boys and such! :)

Laura S. said...

I remember a friend of my sister's doing a psychology experiment where she taped up her hands for a day or two to see what it was like to not have thumbs. I went with my sister to help her tie a quilt, I'm sure you can imagine how hard that was for her. Everyday things like reading a book, writing, holding a phone, doing up buttons, etc, are nearly impossible without thumbs! I hear ya on the whole thumb thing.

P.S. What a cute boy, We sure miss you guys!

Dawson Family said...

Contacts are the worst when your fingers aren't up tp par! Way to look at the positive! Amy