My mom had pretty hands. They were slender, refined, and delicately structured. She held them gracefully, too. Not because she had been a dancer — because she hadn’t — but because she purposefully intended for her hands to outwardly reflect her inner thoughts on femininity. True femininity, she believed, was to be both dainty and resilient. This was something she strove for.
My mom had cool hands. When I was a child, and lying in bed sick, she would softly sit down next to me and, sympathetically, place her cool hands on my hot forehead and cheeks. Their coolness soothed my pain. And as an adult, whenever I am sick, I think of my mom’s cool hands.
However, my mom worried about her hands. When I was a teenager, every Sunday evening, she would sit down with a towel around her head — after having washed her hair — to do her nails, readying herself for the new upcoming work week. Part of this routine was massaging the tips of her fingers where the fingerprints sit. She worried that, with all the hours of typing she did, her fingertips would become permanently flat.
I never told her that I didn’t think that this would ever happen. Instead, I remained considerate of her position and encouraged her to continue on down her path of self-enhancement. But as I am sitting here, decades later, I notice that when I push my fingertips down, they, too, remain indented for a while, as hers must have done. Hmmmm... maybe I should add fingertip-massaging to my long list of self-improvement routines.
Slender — стройный, изящный
Refined — изысканный
Femininity — женственность
Dainty — изящный, изысканный
Resilient — способный быстро восстанавливаться
Self-enhancement — самосовершенствование
Self-improvement — саморазвитие, самосовершествованиие