Last night I went to see my friend and as I was leaving his six year old daughter made the decision to come up to me in the hallway and hug me goodnight. For the first two years of her life she always hid away from when I visited preferring to be behind her mother’s legs than say hello. I kissed her head and said goodnight. Four weeks ago a friend I had not seen in three years ran from her room and leapt into my arms to say hello.
I always hug my friends in preference to, and sometime with, a kiss on the cheek. Hugs are a closeness children understand often better than adults as they are a bonding of friendship and a recognition of closeness. they are also the social equivalent of a recognition that someone else exists and is important to you.
To open one’s arms to the world is one thing but to wrap someone in your arms is to hold the universe close and show you love life.