Woman With 'Toe Thumbs' Came To Love Her Unusual Feature Thanks To A Stranger

"I hope he’ll be proud of their 'weirdness' and the history behind them."

Growing up, Amy Frakowski-Giesecke was always embarrassed by her thumbs. But thanks to an elderly woman in a grocery store, she's learning to love her differences.

"Growing up, I always subconsciously and self-consciously hid my thumbs in my fists because of their weird shape. Admittedly, they do look more like a big toe instead of a thumb and from an early age, my thumbs earned the nickname 'toe thumbs,'" Frakowski-Giesecke shares on the Love What Matters Instagram account

One day in high school, while working her shift as a cashier at a grocery store, Frakowski-Giesecke met a "sweet little old lady" at the register. 

"And as I counted her change back to her, she suddenly grabbed my hands and said in a thick Polish accent, 'You are Polish! Look at those beautiful Polish thumbs! They match mine!' She raised her hands and showed me her thumbs that although weathered and wrinkled, looked exactly like mine!" Frakowski-Giesecke writes. "She grabbed and held my hands again and said, 'Be proud of those thumbs and the history of your heritage that comes with them!'"

Frakowski-Giesecke says that this 30-second conversation is one that forever changed how she looked at her thumbs; once embarrassed by them, now she embraces them.

But her story doesn't stop there. Frakowski-Giesecke notes that she sat with her son, Samuel, one night, eating dinner, when he said, "'Mommy! Our thumbs match!'"

With that, she answered: 

"'Yes they do, buddy! Those are strong Polish thumbs you have! Be proud of them! Maybe some day you'll have a little boy or girl who will have the same thumbs to match yours and mine too!'"

Finally, Frakowski-Giesecke says she loves that her child has her thumbs as a mark of their heritage. 

"If not for a sweet little old Polish lady, I would've continued to try to hide. I pray my son never hides his thumbs like I did. I hope he'll be proud of their 'weirdness' and the history behind them. He carries on a unique part of me (and all the generations before me) and that for me will always be beautiful!"

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