Decidedly Delicate


Antique Lace (c) SMG

Delicate things can be so very tough.

The intricate hand-knotted lace of a Victorian dress has withstood well more than a century’s less-than-careful handling.  Until a friend of my mother unearthed it from articles crumpled in a chest she picked up at an auction, the wedding dress she loaned to me had not been tenderly cared for in quite some time.  Yet its beauty endured, without a single tatter or rip.  The dress is speckled only with a spray of nearly imperceptible tiny sepia dots.

Tonight I noticed a dusting of tan freckles on the ivory skin of a little boy who is dear to me, as he regained his senses in a recovery room after surgery.   As rose began flushing again in his cheeks, the dusting became less pronounced.   He grabbed onto my right hand with his small left hand, his middle finger-tip glowing red from an attached monitor, then turned his head woozily to the recovery room nurse and thanked her for doing her job so well.  And I realized that delicate face, with its deceptively vulnerable, sleepy-looking light-lashed pale blue eyes, belongs to one seriously tough little dude.

Outside, branches relieved of their leaves intermingled in sharp outline against a sky caught between dusk and daylight.  But the seemingly delicate lattices weren’t really delicate at all: the bark clatters in clashes wrought by high winds, and those interwoven trees will withstand another harsh winter before being covered again in ephemeral green.


Winter’s Eve (c) SMG December 20, 2012

I’ve been feeling a bit delicate this week–in the metaphorical sense.   I hope perhaps I’m also tougher than I think.

About Stephanie

In her spare time, Stephanie works full-time, and then some, as an attorney. She has published articles and delivered talks in arcane fields like forensic evidentiary issues, jury instructions, and expert scientific witness preparation. She also is an adjunct professor at a law school on the banks of the Charles and loves that dirty water, as she will always think of Boston as her home. You are welcome to take a look at her Facebook author page, or follow @SMartinGlennon on Twitter and @schnitzelpond on Instagram. Bonus points for anyone who understands the Instagram handle. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2021 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with the wee Wordpress buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.
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2 Responses to Decidedly Delicate

  1. Denise says:

    You are strong.

  2. I think it’s ok to be delicate with so much that goes on in and around our lives…but you’re definitely strong 🙂

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