On January 4th, Em said she wanted to hug her brother. I said go for it. She said, “No, mom, I want to SQUEEEEEEZE him! I just LOVE him SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!” I knew the kind of squeeze she meant and I knew it could possibly hurt Noah a little, but I also knew in my heart he was going to be with Jesus soon, and well, she needed to have that kind of hug memory, so, the second picture is of Em squeezing the tar out of her little brother! I know we as parents tend to shelter the new baby from the older sibling to “protect” them, but it’s not like Em had the ability to actually crush Noah’s head, and I knew that every time she saw this picture, she would know the love she was feeling that day. So, HUG AWAY, people! Don’t let the day end today without squeezing really hard! Whenever I hug, I’m rarely the first one to let go…And, DON’T do one of those pat on the back hugs that my old roommate in college used to do! They were very patronizing. If you’re going to hug, if you’re going to love, if it’s a kiss for friendship or one for love, MEAN IT AND DO IT RIGHT!
And, if you’re married, hold the 10 second kiss…it may seem long at first, but you can’t be mad in the midst of it! Jason and I hold the 10 second kiss pretty much every day. I highly suggest it!