A gentle caress and wiping a tear across the cheek of her child are just two tender acts of a mother's hands. While young and beautiful without a blemish, these hands also toil through numerous household chores such as washing dishes, doing laundry, changing diapers and preparing meals. A mother's hands bandage cuts, make birthday cakes, play ball, scratch backs, turn the pages of storybooks and plant gardens. These hands are the tools used to accomplish countless tasks and are an expression of a mother's many talents and love. In time, her hands although veined, gnarled, and frail are more beautiful than ever, for they are the outward evidence of many years of tenderness and care.