12 HUGS, 5 children, 8 adults (1 husband, 1 Mother in law, 2 neighborhood friends, 3 friends at The Little Gym)
Today Gaga left (that’s what the kids call Mother in law). Dropping her off at the airport and saying our goodbyes is always such an obvious time to hug. In that hug we are saying, “I wish you well” “I will miss you” and “I love you”. Look around the airport and you will see tons of hello and goodbye hugs. (I love watching them. Yes, I am a hug voyeur.)
Later in the day I read this article in Good Housekeeping by Gretchen Rubin: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/hugs-and-kisses. It is a great article about a mother who resolved to get her whole family hugging and kissing more every single time they greeted or left each other. This is the way my family has always been and when I learn that other families aren’t automatically that way it saddens me. There is so much closeness in a family that always hugs. It doesn’t mean that everything is always roses. The hugs can mean “I love you with all my heart and soul” or “I really don’t like you right now, but I will always love you and wish you well”. As my dad always taught me, we never know how much time the ones we love have on this planet. I never want to regret the things I should have said to them. And I know won’t because they are said with each embrace.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.