You can probably tell from the chapter title that this chapter's all about hands, so get ready for a bunch of descriptions about hands—Uhmma's hands, Young Ju's hands, Joon's hands.
Uhmma's hands especially are the stars of this chapter.
They're old and lined because they've done so much, like: smooth the kids's foreheads; woken them up for school; sewn and boxed tons of jeans for one job before going to her night job at Johnny's Steak House; made a medium-rare steak with a baked potato on the side in ten minutes for hungry customers; washed dinner dishes; cleaned their kitchen floor; folded laundry; raised hems of dresses; held a Bible; set out doughnuts and coffee at church…You get the point, right? Her hands never rest.
But sometimes Uhmma's hands used to open up like a flower and Young Ju and Joon would take her hands and Uhmma would read their palms.
Okay, not exactly—she would tell them these stories about their futures over and over again for fun, which was a big hit with the kids.
Cue: major life lesson…
Uhmma used to tell Young Ju and Joon Ho to use their heads, not their hands.
You can tell that Young Ju and Joon Ho have done just this because their hands are smooth and tender—they're what Young Ju calls "the hands of dreams come true."
Now Young Ju's tracing the lines on Uhmma's hands.
They're walking along a beach.
Young Ju can pinpoint all the things Uhmma's done with her hands, even the time a knife cut her; Uhmma's hands, according to Young Ju, "have lived many lives."
But Young Ju wants to erase all of these lines because they're reminders of some serious history.
Uhmma though, tells Young Ju that they are Uhmma's hands.
Uhmma tucks Young Ju's hair behind her ear, and they continue their walk along the beach.