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Fascinated by Your Hands

 
I watch, transfixed, as you unpack your therapy notebook with the care and precision of a surgeon.
 
It's the same story every week: first you gather up all the papers you've been working on--loose, stapled and paper-clipped--then you tap them into synchrony and place them, in order of importance, in a neat pile on the corner of our shared desk. Then you pick up your pen, and I pick up mine, and it's down to business.
 
It's only after ten weeks of working together that I realize why I've been so fascinated by this little ritual: you have my grandmother's hands.
 
Kierla Ireland
Montreal, Quebec