The value of touch
Saturday, October 30, 2010
I love massages, I love hugs, I love holding hands, I love human touch. Today i realized how as our lives change, we can find ourselves with fewer and fewer opportunities to enjoy the simple pleasure of connecting physically with another person. We are in St. Louis visiting DH's family- whom I love. We went to visit his uncle who is in a nursing home. He will be 90 on Novemeber 16th and is in failing health and quite hard of hearing. Conversation is possible, but somethings don't come across the same when they are shouted. At one point, I noticed how dry the skin on the top of his hands was. I found some lotion and spent quite a bit of time applying it and then gently rubbing it in. At one point, he reached his other hand over and placed on top of mine and said very quietly, "That feels so good." From the light in his eyes, I realized that much more the lotion being applied was happening for both of us. Take time each day to share a hug, a hand shake, a pat on the back with someone who is missing touch in their lives. You will be amazed what it does for you!