Thursday, December 2, 2010

You might take for granted...


You might take for granted a hug from your eight-year-old. Not me.

One year ago, Andrew was uncomfortable with most forms of physical affection (except hand-holding or kind of leaning into a person). He has come a long way in the last 14 months, but he still usually comes backwards or sideways into hugs and regularly shies away from kisses. When he receives a gift or is excited about something, he will sometimes give a very agressive squeeze around one's middle, but his head is usually ducked, and it's more like a tackle than a "normal" hug.

This morning I got a hug.

Completely spontaneous.

Not overly agressive.

Upright.

Forward facing.

A wonderfully affectionate, natural, just-because-we're-family, kind of hug.

What a great way to start a day!

5 comments:

Karen said...

110% can identify with this post! fantastic post!! those hugs are the best!!

Helen said...

(sigh)
Wonderful.

Love,
Helen

Gramma said...

Another milestone!

Laura Fenske said...

Beautiful.

Leanne said...

Searching for my tissues....