i like hugs. they're my favorite.
at school there have been a number of new-couple alerts. as teachers we try to quash any physical contact beyond hand-holding, but there seems to be nothing we can do about the lightening-quick hugs that these couples give each other as they say goodbye for a whole 50-minutes. i realize that the separation must be excruciating, but 7+ hugs a day seems a little excessive for a high school romance.
but then again... maybe these teens are on to something.
there is nothing quite like receiving a big, full, tight, 2-armed hug from someone you care about. a hug where you just kind of hold the other person for a couple of beats. a hug where the squeeze of the hugger is directly proportional to how much they love and care for the huggee.
i think in general we need to hug each other more.
a hug means you're my friend. a hug means you make me happy. a hug means i'm concerned. a hug means i missed you. a hug means i'm sorry. a hug means i forgive you. a hug means i'm scared. a hug means i'll protect you. a hug means thank you. a hug means anytime. a hug means i'm worried. a hug means i care. a hug means i think you're great. a hug means i like you. a hug means i love you.
a hug means everything we can't say in words, especially when we have no words.
so give a special someone in your life a hug. don't explain why, just hug them. they'll know exactly what you mean.