Three of those were reserved for my family (even though Maddie originally told me “No!” when I asked her if I could have a hug), which is something I do every single day. Can you believe that not every family hugs each other every single day? I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t get those hugs from them. I’m a physical person, so holding those I love close to me is huge.
The other three were special too, though, because those were my hug buddies. You know, people who are just as touchy feely as me, who understand sometimes without words that all I need is a hug. Or vice versa. Sometimes all it takes to turn a sour day sweet is for a friend to just reach out and give me a hug. No words necessary. And I know it also makes me feel good to give one of them that hug that turns their day around too.
Not everyone has hug buddies. In fact, not everyone needs that physical contact. For some people they get that feeling of closeness and understanding from a small note left on their windshield, or from a text message with a smiley face attached to it, or from an impromptu drop by. And while I appreciate all of those other things, a hug just says so much more to me, so my hug buddies help keep me sane.
Oh, and I have absolutely no idea how a snowman can give warm hugs, but I’m on board.