Get to Know Me Monday – No. 3

My Hands

I’d like to talk to you today about my hands. My silly, curved, chubby little hands.

When I was born both of my pinkies were crooked. The doctor told my parents that they would straighten out as I grew up. The doctor was wrong. As it turns out, I have a form of Clinodactyly. (Clinodactyly is a medical term describing the curvature of a digit.) It’s a genetic condition, though I don’t know of anyone else with crooked fingers in my family.

It was embarrassing when I was younger. Children didn’t have the kindest reactions, and adults weren’t much better. I spent a lot of time tucking my fingers into my hand, not letting them show, and being hyper-aware of their strangeness.

Now, I rarely think of them. They do get sore when I type because they don’t reach the keys the way normal pinkies would. If anything, I’m a little proud of my quirky digits.

Those of you of a certain age might have learned how to print and write in cursive in the D’Nealian method. I remember a very official handwriting teacher coming to my elementary school. He walked up and down the rows of desks correcting or praising our handwriting.

I was a little full of myself, quite sure I had the most beautiful penmanship in my class. Imagine my dismay when this gentleman stopped at my desk to tell me that I was holding my pencil wrong! There’s nothing that a child loves more than being singled out for being different. He made such a fuss, and his face showed such confusion. He manipulated my hand into the “correct” grip. I tried to maintain his correction, but it was impossible.

In doing research I’ve learned that there are more than a few different pencil grips, and that none of them cause legibility or speed problems (according to a 2001 study). Thanks a lot, D’Nealian guy! I still use the dynamic quadrupod grip, so sue me.

Now, I’m not supposed to talk about my latest hand drama stemming from the fractured humerus I suffered in October of 2019. It pains me to be silent about it because one of the most effective ways for me to work through something is to write/talk about it. Alas!

I can tell you that I ordered a few silicone rings from Enso because they fit comfortably on a hand that is far from comfortable.

A few fast facts about my hands:

  1. I love manicures but haven’t had one since the accident I mentioned above
  2. My fingers are short and chubby
  3. I have a small brown birthmark on the inside of one of my wrists. A babysitter once tried to scrub it off because she thought it was dirt
  4. My fingernails are brittle and pitiful
  5. My (latest) favorite hand lotion is Hempz. Oh no, I just saw that they have a limited edition pumpkin spice & vanilla chai scent…

That’s it for this Get to Know Me Monday. I hope some of you will play along. I’d like to get to know you better!

4 thoughts on “Get to Know Me Monday – No. 3

  1. I’ve actually never met anyone who holds a pen/pencil the way I do. The closest in your diagram is the lateral tripod, but my thumb is tucked inside the curve, and my ring finger doesn’t do any supporting. I don’t have curved pinkies, but mine are also weird as they’re super short compared to the rest of my fingers. They’re over an inch shorter than my ring fingers. Heh. Barely reach the knuckle of my ring finger.


  2. I have short, chubby fingers, too! Add to that self-consciousness a giant 3rd degree burn scar on the back of my right hand. Add to the mix short, chubby toes (my friend in college said the Jack Johnson song Bubble Toes reminded her of me).

    And yes, Hempz is the BEST! I love their shampoo and conditioner, too.


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