| A GOOD MARRIAGE IS A LIFE TIME OF HANDS
by: Patricia A. Walton
It's a shaking hand sliding a shiny gold band onto another shaking hand.
It's an anxious hand tugging on a suddenly shy hand.
It's hands touching in sudden tenderness, or swinging together down a crowded street, or fingers interlocked in the darkness of a theater.
It's expressive hands, the playful pat on the fanny, the beckoning wave,
the rumpled hair... and sometimes, but not often, the clenched fist.
It's ecstatic hands, being grasped by tiny brand-new hands.
It's hurrying hands, setting dinner for hungry hands.
It's an optimistic hand patting a discouraged hand.
It's a panicky hand clutching a calm hand.
It's a proud hand introducing an embarrassed hand.
It's joyous hands grasping happy hands...
and hands sharing sadness with a touch.
It's healthy hands holding sick hands.
It's a strong hand supporting a grief-stricken hand.
It's also tear-stained hands entwining other tear-stained hands.
It's hands joined in prayer.
and finally, it's a shaking hand, sliding a dull gold band off a very still hand.