“I’ve Got Your Back…”

I've got your back

First, I ask this question: “DO WE?”

I studied, for a bit, to find the origin of this truism: “I’ve got your back!” There were both opposite and parallel explanations but no source swore as to the timing or reason or intent of this particular saying. There were military implications and a kind of promise implied; but really no absolute to quantify “I’ve got your back.”

This cultural truism is now on T-Shirts and proclaimed as easily as “What’s Up?” Well, actually that also may be outdated.   

My point is as humanity begins to question, well anything, we begin to look over our shoulders to consider who might actually have our back—an uneasiness that requires us to close ranks with those proven to have our backs.

When humanity is forced to change, so is all that is connected to them. Example: The voices of governments who repeatedly proclaim: “We’ve got your back.” Maybe they’re unaware the slogan is only on T-Shirts these days.


HANDSI attended a wedding recently and when the rings were exchanged I noticed the hands of the bride and groom. It brought to mind how our hands tell our story.

Hands embraced in prayer or clutched in resentment. Cocoon Hands coddling a newborn that change direction to strike a teenager. Hands that protect a toddler or hands that smack. Hands that caress the face of a beloved or hit when aggravated. A Handclasp of commitment that was or was not honored. Idle aged Hands unoccupied by touch. Hands eroded by toil. Gun-in-Hands used in sport or war or unlawful death. For all kinds of reasons: Politician Handshakes. Homeless that chronicle Hands living without a roof over their head. The doctor and nurse Hands who save; or touch our shoulder with empathy. Hands: our military and law enforcement and firefighters and our sisters and brothers that like us, have hands that tell their story.

I no longer think how different we humankind are on Our Earth. How our hands tell our story may be different in language and culture but not in emotion.