Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Holding Hands


It's pretty easy to lose sight of true romance. I'm not talking about the well-worn clichés....the single red rose, or the declaration of love on the beach at sunset. I'm talking about simple gestures.

If you read a lot of romance/erotica, you're probably somewhat jaded. After reading a super-orgy scene with seven battle-hardened generals, a riding crop, and an unfortunate sex slave, you might forget that simple is best. (And probably a lot less painful).

For me, the most simple, sweet and pure gesture of love is holding hands. 

People say that eyes are the "windows to our soul." But I think hands are the windows to our souls, our personalities, our lives. Do we have flashy painted fingernails? Cuts and scrapes from working in the garden? Ink marks? Marker smudges from our children? Chocolate under our nails from baking? Every wrinkle and scar are badges of honor. Our hands create, heal, connect.

There is nothing more romantic than that first joining of hands. Reaching for another. Linking yourself to a soul-mate. Exploring, tentative, this new union.

Joining hands is not just for romantic lovers. It connects parent and child, aged and youth, friend with friend.

There is certainly a time and place for lusty love scenes, graphically depicted. But when all is said and done, sometimes the best part of those scenes is the aftermath, when two lovers spoon each other in slumber, hands interlocked, souls finally at peace.

Off to the bus-stop with my daughter....holding her hand all the way,
Penelope

8 comments:

Amber Skyze said...

I'm in total agreement with you. I love holding hands.

Geekamicus said...

My husband and I hold hands so much it's hard for me to walk with another person. I always have to fight the urge to take a hand. Makes for a very uncomfortable workplace when you do that on the way to lunch.

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

Oh, you make me cry. It's true, the simplest gesture. But the best gesture.

Penelope said...

Hi Amber! It's the best!

Penelope said...

Geek....maybe it would improve morale at work if everyone held hands...hee hee!

Penelope said...

Julia--My favorite scene in a book is "first hand-holding"....I'm a big dork!

Jen D. @ Not Now...I'm Reading! said...

Agreed. One of the moments I loved in Sweet Magik was the first time Oskar and Kiana hold hands. *sigh*

Penelope said...

Thanks, Jen! I have a "moment" in Sweet Inspiration where Lucy and Nicholas first join hands, too. Love those special romantic moments!