I bet you did too. I saw our bunch from a distance but it broke my heart every time one of the little ones wanted to hug me and I had to say no, while Mommy or Daddy held them back. It was terrible.
Before this many grandparents (including me!) treasured their free time, non-babysitting hours and long, southern vacations. We enjoyed hanging out with people our age at malls or restaurants and tea shops. That is, until we were told it wasn’t safe to do so.
For a time, we have been held back from hugging anyone, old or young. Now we treasure human contact more than ever, simply because we couldn’t and we realized its benefit for all of us involved.
Finally, this week I was allowed to hug. Oh, the joy of little ones running toward you, arms outstretched!
One little guy said can I hug you now, Amma? And my yes resulted in three very long, very squeezy hugs!
When you can hug again, who will it be? Be sure not to miss a single one of your loved ones.
Like a shepherd, he will care for his flock, gathering the lambs in his arms, hugging them as he carries them, leading the nursing ewes to good pasture. (Isaiah 40:11, MSG)
Prayer- Lord we thank you that our lives are slowly returning to normal and we are lining up to hug our dear ones, just as you hug us to your heart. Amen.