Wednesday, April 06, 2011
F is for Fingers
Just those little fingers were defying gravity in a way that I couldn't believe. And the traction afforded them by the fingerprint patters was just amazing. For such a small and intricate part of one's body, they are incredibly versatile. I am using them right now to type out this blog post. Somewhere along the line someone used them to plug in the cords that connect the keyboard and monitor to CPU. They - if I know my IT people well enough - were also probably used to wedge and pry the box open when the computer arrived from the store. And so on and so forth. We use them to grab, hold, did, touch, point, and do about a million other things. You couldn't imagine life without them, could you?
And why wouldn't they be? Your fingers, thumbs, and hands in general have had million upon millions of year in which to develop into some sort of high-dollar multi-use tool. The reason that they are the way they are is because nature has learned that it works just so, so well. They can apply ungodly amounts of force (have you ever had a woman giving birth dig her nails into your arm) or be unbelieveably gentle (like when you are touching a baby's face). They can also be precise to incredible degrees.
So take care of your fingers, and thank them for everything that they do. Take a moment out of your busy schedule and appreciate your fingers. Just look at them and be happy that you have them. They are more important and impressive that you realize.