Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hands that Work

For generations, those hands have worked, and worked hard. They have created meals out of nothing and scrubbed dirty dishes. They have scraped the last bit of food for their children, and pressed their stomachs so the hunger goes away. They have begged on streets, and gathered scraps of metal to sell. They have administered first aid, and wiped the fevered brows of the children. They have helped deliver their neighbour's babies, and wiped tears when people have died.

Those hands have always worked. Today, those hands are learning a skill that will transform the life of their family forever.

drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.


Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - What a brilliant Drabble to show so many things. It shows (to me, at least), the strength of the human spirit, the power of learning something new, and devotion to family. And the 'photo tells so much, too! Such hope there is in it.

Will Burke said...

What amazing insights! She sounds like a true pillar in the community, and a deserving role model.

Jan Morrison said...

Great drabble and photo. I love visiting you and your delightful mind.

Jan Morrison said...

Natasha - I just had a thought - could you convince a newspaper to run a drabble and photo a week? It seems like it would be such a wonderful feature. Your stories are always so provocative and reveal parts of living where you do in such a positive way. hmmmm?

Anonymous said...

A wonderfully touching post.

Mary Vaughn said...

Rayna - You mind 'sees' like no other I know.
Have you entered any of your passion in photo competitions? Queried an editor?

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Margot - thank you. I was visiting this charity that works with absolutely poor yesterday, and the one thing that struck me was the sheer resilience of the women and children. They often go for days without food, but still don't give up.

@ Will - the incredible thing is that there were so many like her. Each as inspiring.

@ Jan - thank you.
To be honest, I have never even thought of it. But now that you have given me the idea, maybe I should follow up on it. After all, what do I have to lose?
Time, time. I need more time.

@ Fiona - thank you. I can never get enough of the resilience of women. They make me feel so inadequate.

@ Mary - thank you.
And the answer to all your questions is 'no'. To me, photography was never anything mroe than something I love. Never thought I could do anything more with it. Maybe I should try.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like that - a positive spin.

rama said...

With just a few words you have told us so many things. Yes such women have to be appreciated, and given all the help they need. Women of our country are a breed apart, they would go to any length to support those who are dependent on them. They are a source of inspiration to many of us.
I really admire your style of writing.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Alex- thank you.

@ Rama- thank you. And yes, I really admire some of the women that make up our country- they are amazing people.

Oddyoddyo13 said...

Amazing what just a pair of hands can do...I never really think about it.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Oddyoddyo13 - our hands do almost everything we do, if you come to think of it.


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