I’ve missed hugs during this pandemic. Elbow bumps just don’t cut it for me.

What types of hugs are there?

There’s the, “I miss you mom” hug;

The “Thank you” hug with pat, pat, pats on the back;

The “good-bye” hug that says, “come back soon;”

The three air kisses hug like a fluttery butterfly, perfunctory, and noncommital;

The somber, consoling hug; and

The hands on shoulders hug followed by a firm handshake.

These I understand. But then there are some people who latch on like a twining vine, too tight and constricting. I feel they need something from me. Their hug is a demand, as if I had all the love, all the security, all the affirmation and they only wanted to refill their tanks by squeezing me dry.

But the hug of a true friend, an adoring lover, a winsome child, gives as much as – or more than – what they want in return. Those are my kind of hugs!


Are your hugs obligatory or heart-felt?

There’s something in a simple hug

that always warms the heart;

It welcomes us back home

and makes it easier to part.

A hug’s a way to share the joy

and sad times we go through;

Or just a way for friends to say

they like you ’cause you’re you.

Hugs are meant for anyone

for whom we really care,

From your gramma to your neighbor,

or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing

It’s just the perfect way

to show the love we’re feeling

but can’t find the words to say.

It’s funny how a little hug

makes everyone feel good,

In every place and language,

it’s always understood.

And hugs don’t need new equipment,

special batteries or parts

Just open up your arms

and open up your heart.


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