I grew up in a family that seldom gave a hug. Fortunately, I married into a family that enjoyed hugging, and I eventually became comfortable giving hugs. Four years ago, I became a grandmother, and when my granddaughter was an infant and toddler, I enjoyed cuddling with her, but as she got older, she informed the family that she was now a BIG girl, so I thought that meant "no hugs."
Several months ago, I heard you say that "touch" was the greatest gift you could give to a child. I was surprised and vowed to give my granddaughter more hugs whenever possible. One afternoon, I was in the kitchen, and she was in the next room playing with her toys. Then she walked in, and stood near me, not saying a word. I wondered if she were hungry or if she wanted to play with me or if there were some other problem. I wanted to hug her, and I heard your words in my head. So, I knelt to her level and wrapped her snugly in my arms. And her little arms held me very tightly. When we drew apart, she said "Mimi, I will love you forever...until I die!" My little sweetheart wanted a hug all along and didn't know how to ask for it. How grateful I was that I had heard you months ago and knew what to do. Thank you!