Keep the hugs going..especially the elders and recently bereaved
Thursday, November 08, 2012
(((HUGS))) Group hugs are nice and so are the one-on-one type.
I am a hugging person and it is surprising how many different kind there are!!! I am blessed to have a full love tank and can hug so freely...
But I found a new kind YESTERDAY...
I have arthritis in my knees and find it very hard to get on them and then get up again but yesterday I went to visit a new widow and she is in an easy chair [quite elderly and rarely gets up from it.]
I always kind of hug her around her shoulders and kiss her forehead when I get there and when I leave but yesterday she burst in to tears when I did that and said..."thank you for hugging me..no one ever does that anymore"...I just fell to my knees and hugged her around her waist and just stayed that way for what seemed like a long time and we wept together...no words, just wept and hugged and she patted my back and shoulders and then I sat in the chair next to her and we blew our noses and and talked for two hours straight! She was feeling the loss of her dear husband's hugs and also recognizing that many older ones just don't get many hugs.
God is good - And you know, I didn't have any trouble getting up off my knees and no pain in them since then!!! Not that I can always do that, but I am going to try to be more sensitive to that need for personal touch, hugs and just sitting close to our loved ones. We all need our hugs!!