Textures are everywhere.The rough edges of a stone wall. The smooth innocence of a baby’s cheek. The sense of touch brings back memories for us. What texture is particularly evocative to you?
When I see an unknown thing,I feel I must touch it to know if it’s safe. There are times I turn on a new appliance , I touch it to know if it’s working, sometimes the light alone is not sufficient.
I remember when my daughter was a year old she was learning to walk, every time she was off balance she’d touch the wall, gradually she reached the kitchen, the oven was on, I was unable to reach her fast enough to keep her away from the stove, she did the inevitable she touched the oven door, it was hot, she had both her hands on the door and looked at me she was extremely scared I took her away from it and said, “it’s hot!” From that day onward whenever I said it’s hot she moved away.
I know it’s a terrible way to learn, I did not plan for her to feel the heat, it happened, I felt very guilty.
I stay away from touching anything before I know how it feels, I ask before I touch. Seven months ago we bought a kitten from a breeder, his mother is Himalayan and the father is Siamese.He was two months old when my daughter brought him in the house, he was very scared the first day. He hid under the covers in the bed, my daughter had gone to work. I went upstairs to check what he was doing.
At first I heard nothing, then I took the covers off, I found him very scared and unable to move. I picked him up, brought him down to my room. It was the first time I touched an animal, his coat felt smooth and silky, I knew he was too little to hurt me.
We named him Gabriel, we realized he was lonely , so we brought his brother, Gabriel was extremely happy, if he could speak I am sure he’d say, “thank you.”
Today both are confident and are very curious, they’ve managed to tear some pages of my books, they do not feel any kind of remorse.
I confidently pick them up and put them outside my room when their antics are beyond control. I’m not afraid to touch them!