Thumbs

I went to hand therapy this morning. I’ve been going twice weekly as I could since surgery reattached some ruptured ligaments in my thumb. This morning was metrics day. I’ve made good progress. I’m up to maybe 50% of normal use.

I have never been more aware of how strategic the thumb is. Not only does it oppose the other fingers facilitating grip, but it is by far the strongest of the fingers. My weak thumb is getting stronger, but still, the whole hand is weak because of it. The thumb is so important because of the other fingers. It must be strong not for its own sake, but in relation to the rest of the hand.

When the thumbs of the world forget that their strength only has meaning in relationship to all the others that stand over against them, they cripple us all.

The hand is, after all, one hand.

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