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Ruth’s SOLS: Keep You Forever Hug.

I am fortunate for so many reasons, but for today’s slice it is because I get to be a mom.

Just like every morning I gave Sam and Stephanie, Mom and Dad hugs good bye.  I fed the dog an exorbitant amount of puppy treats and I grabbed my tea-to-go.  Unlike every other morning, Sam and Steph were playing in another room, instead of the kitchen.  Unlike every other morning, I remembered a tale to tell Mom and Dad after the hug round.  So we stood in the kitchen chatting for another few minutes.  The story ended, we said good bye, and I scooted out the door. 

Just opening my car door, I hear the wails.  “Ruth, come back,” my mom calls after me, “He wants a hug.”

Sam peeked his red, tear-streaked face out the door.  “Momma, I need a hug,” he managed to get out between deep breaths which come from crying too hard.

I sweep him up, hold him close, and whisper in his ear, “We hugged, remember?  I’d never leave without hugging you.”

“I know,” he said, snuggling even closer, “But I needed a keep-you-forever hug.”

I hug him.  He hugs me.  I smell in his sweet little boy scent.  He pats my back.  I don’t let go.  He doesn’t let go.  I relish the keep-you-forever hug — created by him, based on the phrase he uses every night when we say good night:  Momma, I’m gonna keep you forever.    I remember how fortunate I am.  And promise never to forget how precious and powerful a keep-you-forever hug is.

4 thoughts on “Ruth’s SOLS: Keep You Forever Hug.

  1. This is lovely. I have to say, my nephew is a teenager now, but he still likes his keep-you-forever hugs, and I am more than happy to give and receive them. He’s not even shy about hugging is goofy old aunt in front of his friends. That is surely some kind of miracle!

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  2. Oh, how I wish now I, as a young mother, had the wisdom and foresight to have taken the time to capture those warm and blessed moments! You have given yourself (and that sweet little boy) such a lovely and wise gift that will be even more precious in about twenty years. But I suspect you already know that, being so wise and all. May rich blessings abound daily…along with the moments to capture them in writing.

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