There's a million words I could write today. A lot is brewing in me, around me and in the world. The only thing I need to tell you today is this:
Don't make it one of those quick fly-by hugs. Make it last a good 30 seconds. Allow for some oxytocin to release. God created oxytocin "the love drug" to circulate in our bodies so we could bond with those we care about. When we bond we trust.
Credit: Muslim Mommy
You could add a kiss on the cheek if you wish.
Or you could say something meaningful like, "I love you."
"You're my best girlie!"
"You're my special guy!"
"I'm proud of you!"
There are too many parents who are unable to hug their children today. I can think of two very sad places in the world where a hug is now impossible.
My prayers for those people seem inadequate. I can't pray for them without crying. I can't help them more than that. I ask Allah to help them instead.
So what can I do?
I can do this.
Those who get hugs learn to love instead of hate; to appreciate instead of depreciate. Let's send some love around the world today---starting with our own children. If you don't have any children at your house, figure out who has some and if they'd let you borrow a hug.
Let's play at hug o'war.