On the Subject of Hugs

I was a bit taken aback the other day when one of my readers highlighted the point that a positive comment on a blog post felt like a hug to him.

So, of course, I started thinking beyond how we normally define or think of hugs.

The hugs that came to me included:

1. Smiles

2. Eyes melting eyes

3. Puppy Stan wagging his tail so wildly in greeting that he spins like a spinning top

4. The soothing touch of a soft sea wave in Summer.

5. The floating scent of fragrant flowers in the garden.

6. The warmth of an open fire

7. The comfort of boiling water pouring into a tea pot.

8. The sound of a loved one coming home – familiar creaks or the key in the door.

9. The sound of a beloved voice at the other end of the phone.

10. Fingers barely touching fingers.

What counts as hugs for you?


Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

8 thoughts on “On the Subject of Hugs”

  1. Wonderful, Jean. So many things can represent a hug: my sons getting along, sons doing a chore before I ask (twenty ties), a comment saying my words evoked a memory, a phone call from people I don’t usually hear from but during this crazy time have thought of me, Zeke leaning against my leg, just because he wants to be close, bloggers who tell me they miss me when I’m gone… I’m sure others will come to mind but I won’t flood your comment section!

  2. I would add #s 1,4,6,and 9 of yours to mine. Others would be a letter or card from a good friend. Nice note of appreciation from a former student. All are good, but they don’t quite mean, what a real hug does!

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