On Learning To Hug

Gregory and AJ hugging 2013

Growing up, I was never a very “touchy-feely” type of person. Hugs, even amongst friends or loved ones always felt awkward, like being in a play and not knowing the stage directions.

And then, these two precious souls were given to me. And suddenly, I couldn’t keep myself away from them. If I’m not hugging or cuddling them in some way, I feel like I should be. I can’t go for more than a few hours without holding them, as though being away deprives me of oxygen. No matter how hard of a day, I want to be near them.

Gregory sweet face, August 2013

AJ cuddle bug Sept 2013 AJ face 22114 Gregory playing with trains Gregory face 2 22114

Of all the things parenthood has taught me, who would’ve thought that learning how to hug would be one of them? These kids, powerful creatures, they are. I can’t believe how blessed I am.

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  • http://www.therandomwritings.com Rachel G

    I can so relate to this! I am not a hugger, naturally, at all. But there are a few people who can bring that out in me–two of my baby sisters, and my husband too. They’ve softened me up, I guess.

    • themrscone

      I’m glad someone else is like me. My husbands family is SO lovey dovey huggy all the time, I feel like a freak for not having grown up that way 🙂