I Love My Gloves


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Work glove lineup. Photo by Renee Benoit

My hands wouldn't make it on Madison Avenue. They are pretty messed up from living on ranches and homesteads. My nails are short on purpose and unpainted and the skin is wrinkled. I think of my hands as yet another important tool to get the work done, not some fluffy pretty things like a fashion statement. My husband feels the same way I do.

I sometimes look at my opposable thumb and marvel. Without that evolutionary adjustment we wouldn’t be the Handy Men and Women that we are. The archaeologists called our ancestors “Homo Habilis” and we certainly are “handy”! It’s so easy to take our abilities for granted but I like to remind myself what a precious thing it is to be able to hold something and do things with my hands.

This is where one of the greatest inventions of all time comes in. Gloves. My hands are wrinkled, yes. Dry, yes. But banged up, no. This is because I wear gloves all the time. If Scarlet O'Hara had some gloves to wear Rhett BUtler would have never discovered her deceit. It seems as though I have about 100 pair of gloves but it’s really only about 8. In the picture at the beginning of this article I didn’t include my winter gloves. Those pictured are just my summer gloves. Pictured below are my favorite pair of gloves. You can see the shape of my hands.

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