This next story is from one of two women I met yesterday. Sara and Jenny embarked recently on a very brave, very inspirational journey to become healthier versions of themselves. Their blog is called Two Meatballs Get Fit. You really need to check it out. They literally completely expose themselves in the hope of inspiring others and to keep themselves motivated. I will share more about them in a later post. There is so much to be said about these amazing girls, but today is about Sara and the first of her hug stories.
With bright eyes and excitement running through her body Sara starts the conversation by saying, “Jenny and I both have more than one story to share. I hope that’s ok. I mean, I just love hugs and I love affection.” Um, of course. I will never say no to extra hug stories!
Sara’s sister has two boys, Wyatt and Chase. She loves being an Auntie because in her own words, “I am too irresponsible for having my own children, but that’s what makes me the perfect Aunt.” She has always demanded affection from them, smothering them from when they were little so they understood that when Aunt Sara was around, there was going to be lots of physical affection. Over time they developed this game. Sara would be at one end of a long hallway while one of the boys would be at the other. They would go running toward Sara as she ran toward them. They yell the whole way and then just envelop each other in a great big hug. She described the game as being like something you would see in a cartoon. You know, just kind of larger than life.
Sara then described how she is affectionate with them at every possible moment. Little things like, when lying by the pool she would tell them, “Your Aunt is too warm. I need you to lay on me so I can cool down.” Of course they fall for it. When sitting around watching TV she sits in a way that creates a little nook behind her knee where she invites them to sit. (Or more likely demands that they sit…)
Those boys didn’t stand a chance.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.