When things are taken away, you then realize the importance of their worth. Such is the feeling of being hugged and hugging someone. Ever since I lost most of my upper body abilities, I haven’t been able to give someone a hug. I haven’t been hugged in a long time as well. My family is not the touchy type of family. Don’t get me wrong, we love each other a lot but we’re just not like that.
My dad and mom hug each other but that’s them. That’s normal for husband and wife.
I miss hugging someone and being hugged. So today was certainly a great day. I got not just one hug but two. Chris came by to visit today. We spent a few hours looking at pictures and talking. Before she left she gave me a hug. I asked her if she’d help me give her one too. She took my arms and put it around her, for a brief instant I was able to give her a hug. I tried to hug as hard as I could, I can’t say it was that hard but it felt good to be able to give her a hug. It’s hard to understand how it feels. It just feels great. There’s a warmth that is felt from a hug. Love, reassurance, a sense of home, comfort, etc..
The second hug I got was totally unexpected. Tina is from SFC. We became friends about a month back, although I’ve met her long before that. We became friends. Tonight we had a joint Household meeting here at my place. For the uninitiated, a Household is a core group in Singles For Christ. When we finished the meeting, she came up to me, sat beside me and we proceeded to chat. She’s a warm, nice and kind girl. When it was time to leave, she thanked me for hosting the meeting, gave me a hug and kissed me on the cheek. Now the kiss is not something uncommon. It’s a normal greeting here in Manila and Singles for Christ for that matter. The hug was a welcome surprise though. That was something I really appreciated.
Of course I got several kisses from the other members. But like I said that’s a normal greeting. However normal it may be, it’s always welcome. A kiss on the cheek is always good. 🙂