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Three Little Letters

The other day, I was in my usual mom flurry. By 9am, I had been awake for only two hours but it had seemed like six, based on all of the things that I had already accomplished. We’ve all had those mornings…and the ones that don’t kill you leave you thinking “hey, I just might be a descendant of Wonder Woman. I pulled it off!”. And for the rest of the day, you feel like you could bend steel with your eyes if you really needed to. Love those days.

But it was still a flurry that left me seeking some calm. And where did I find it?   I found it quite by accident, when a very small and insanely cute toddler looked at me (I was speaking with his Mom) and said “Hug?”.

He said it in a way that was so casual to him. The adult equivalent would probably have been “you want some coffee?”. I love that what can be so casual to a toddler is almost foreign to grownups. Honestly, when was the last time you just nonchalantly asked someone for a hug? Well, I have. I’m a big hugger. My whole family is, to the point that I actually warned my husband of this before we got married: Warning: We hug. A lot.

Amusingly enough, I came to discover, after giving this sweet thing the requested hug, that he asks hugs of virtually everyone. I was not particularly special-more like convenient. But that’s not the point.

There I was, having my busy morning and then this little person stopped the world for a moment (the power!) just by asking for the most wonderful thing someone can give you or do for you. A simple hug.

Hugs can cure you. They envelope you in the most delicious way. They make you feel loved and secure and happy. They comfort. They can lead to tickles. They can be short or long. There are so many delightful kinds of hugs. The world really needs to hug more often. This sound so saccharine-sweet that I’m almost making myself a little green writing this, but truly…when have you gotten a hug that hasn’t left you feeling good?

In this day in age when we are becoming increasingly less physically connected to each other (and even the land and the planet that we stand upon) due to the technological advancements (curses?) of email, text, Skype yada yada…we need to stop the world and go old school sometimes and Just Give The Hug.

You can’t give a hug without getting a hug.  ~Author Unknown

Everybody needs a hug.  It changes your metabolism.  ~Leo Buscaglia

When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away-Hugh Jackman*

*Note: Ok. Just throwing this out there. Who wouldn’t want to hug Hugh?

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