The Sound of One Hand Clapping

April 24, 2010 at 10:26 (Uncategorized)

Slowly they both reach back one hand at equal pace, watching each other carefully, eye to eye and then finally at the same time bringing a hand up, change the pace and….. *SLAP*…. We have a substantial high five. The sound of one hand clapping against another can also be known as a successful high five exchange between two people.

The important relevance of a high five is generally used to show excitement, appreciation between two people or to acknowledge something at hand that was completed or mastered by someone.  It is possible to give oneself a high five but let’s face it and be honest, it is not nearly as much fun.

There are many types of high fives that are shared among different people and that are used at times as a sign of friendship.  For example, recently my little nephew and I created our very own personal high five which only we understand really.  This will probably be used throughout our years of seeing each other when we greet and say farewell.  Fun? Yes! It’s a specific secret bond that we have created that only we know of and can share.  Different styles of high fives are shared among different friends, for instance, you get the ‘swing around, slap behind the back’ high five, the ‘slap it’s so sore’ high five, the ‘I’ll run for here, you run from there and when we slap hands we’ll both jump’ high five plus many more that all hold a creative nature I’m sure.

The sound of one hand clapping can represent the sound of this victorious high five.  Two people, one hand each (sometimes two)….. equals fun, laughter and a slapping noise that rings in your ears and burns your hand.  So, should we all maybe become more like The Todd from Scrubs, who provides us with an intense slap-able high five for every single thing he does or says? Maybe not that intense… but we can try, it’s worth a slap and a lot of fun!



  1. Kerry-Lee Cockrell said,

    This was so much fun to read! I literally cannot wait to bound into someone and insist on high-fiving 🙂

    You make a good point about how often, between people, you create something that no one else will really understand. It’s what makes things special, experiences more heart-felt.


  2. Wanika Rusthoi said,

    Agreed. Another great read! Your writing is seriously developing each week and I can hear voice coming out stronger and stronger through the words! You should be proud of your writing! You have a fantastic voice! Don’t be shy to use it!

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