Validating Hugs

This next story is from the second beautiful lady I met last week, Jenny. She is the other half of Two Meatballs Get Fit. Seriously, go check their blog out if you haven’t already. Do it! They are fun AND inspirational. Ok, on to the first of her two stories.

Jenny’s mom Elaine is not the most affectionate of parents. The whole family isn’t overly affectionate (surprising if you saw how affectionate Jenny is!), they are more of an acts of service family. You know, the kind that does for one another rather than hug and kiss. So, when Jenny does get a hug from her mom she knows it’s real. She feels validated in those moments and secure in her mother’s love for her. Every hug from her mom means the world to her and she always takes the time to appreciate them in that moment. I wish I could capture with words the obvious longing and love that was in Jenny’s face as she told this story, but at times there are just no words.

jenny

I swore she got a little teary eyed when she was telling that story though and apparently Sara did too because she called her out. She denied it, so maybe it was just Sara and I getting a little teary eyed and blaming it on her…

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.

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