I was surprised when I noticed them growing fainter.
As a septuagenarian, I’m aware that aging brings many changes.
But no one told me that my fingerprints would start to disappear.
As people age, their fingerprints, or friction ridges, start to become fainter because the skin gets thinner and loses elasticity. No wonder it was getting challenging gripping things and opening jars.
I’m happy now that I didn’t give in to my family’s strong suggestion to update my old, but dainty cellphone.
A phone that opens on fingerprint recognition might not have worked for me.
Fingerprints, or friction ridges, begin to develop in a baby while still in the womb, at about 3-4 months gestation.
As we know, they are unique to each individual, therefore they are useful in forensic investigations. The ridges on the fingers and palms also help us to grip things firmly.
Truly we are fearfully and wonderfully made. God is endlessly creative, and delights in variety.
Because of my fading fingerprints, I plan to update to a phone that opens with facial recognition.
May God give us the grace to cheerfully accept the unexpected changes that aging can bring.
Our Father in heaven, who provided friction ridges for us while we were still unborn, guides us tenderly throughout our lives, as we trust Him, and He is especially compassionate with us as our fingerprints become fainter.
Photo by Sally