The word has several connotations. Some of us connect ‘grace’ with benediction, others with beauty, and yet others with movement. It may even be connected with the nature of fluidity.
A person is called graceful, if they possess a certain quality in the way they walk, or move their body. A good dancer is an obviously graceful person. Graceful body language shows when we sway to the music we like best. Some persons even have a graceful diction, pertaining to the manner in which they speak and the words they use.
But just sometimes, grace can be silent, even if it has movement and words and fluidity. I had the unique experience today, of being able to observe two individuals exchanging thoughts and emotions, in the way we do, through conversation.
Except that this conversation was being conducted entirely through sign language.
It was fascinating to watch. There were subtle shifts in the body language of each of the participants, moving with the expressions as they were being signed out in a flurry of ten airborne digits, pale palms flashing. And yet, the movements were fast, certain and precise, conveying exactly what the speakers wanted to say, matching and mirroring the expressions of their faces.
And I thought to myself: this is beautiful. Silently graceful.
A gust of cool breeze brushed past me on this hot afternoon, as if in approving benediction.