Stories of Kindness from Around the World

An Extra Hug

--by MakeSomeoneSmile, posted May 1, 2009
    This morning when I dropped off my daughter in her day care class, I had the chance to make a difference for her best friend, if only for a bit. Her friend comes to our house and I play with them both, giving them “horsy rides” and chasing them around. Her dad is not around very much so I know it means a lot to her.
   My daily ritual is that I always give my daughter a big hug and kiss, tell her I love her and wish her a great day.  While I was hugging her today, I noticed that her best friend who, was sitting at her table, had gotten up and was right behind us watching closely. I could tell by her face that she really wished she could do what we were doing. I quickly pulled her in for the “hugfest” and squeezed them both. She smiled and I could tell was very glad to be included. I took turns poking them both in their bellies, making them giggle and squirm.  I gave them each one more big hug and wished them a great day and I was on my way.
    It only took a moment but I know that it meant the world to that little girl and I could see my daughter was very proud too. What a great picture for me to take with me on my long drive into work today. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
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Alraisi wrote: It was a nice thing to be noticed by others. Sometimes people feel that they are alone and not being noticed but, what you did was a nice thing and really made her happy! Keep It Up...!!!
Thanks for doing that!
tressyanne wrote: that is the sweetest thing i have ever heard. you are a precious mom and those two little girls are smiling like they never have before. A great big smile to you!!!!!!
monkeyinpajamas wrote: wow! that was the sweetest thing. its always a sad sight for me to see little children feel a little sad when they say goodbye to their parents.
you really made a difference to that little girl!
JuneBug wrote: I would have loved that when I was the little girl's ages. I saw dads hug their kids at school and found that to be somewhat odd. It was rare I got hugs let alone kisses and pokes in the tummy...Know you know why I am so weird, huh??? :)
wayfarer wrote: Well, done, Geoff! Not an easy thing to do - but worth gold and diamonds! Yup, Tressy, Geoff is a precious mom!
bhappy wrote: MSS, What a wonderful kind, caring father you are...I bet the little friend wished she had a dad like you...Here's a panda bear hug for you...Becki
JuneBug wrote: Hey Mr. Mom! I told tressy you have been called worse...:)
MakeSomeoneSmile wrote: I sure have, often times by you!!!
AURELIA wrote: Good for you for giving out those extra pokes and tickles. I am proud of your daughter too for not being Jealous and sharing you with her friend. You've done GOOD, Mr. Mom. ~Aurelia :0) PS: I thought you were a "SHE" too .... LOL, seriously, I did.
AsianWoman wrote: Hugging is good medicine.

It transfers energy, and gives the person hugged an emotional boost.

You need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth.

A hug makes you feel good.

The skin is the largest organ we have and it needs a great deal of care.

A hug can cover a lot of skin and gives the message that you care.

It is also a form of communication.

It can say things you don't have words for.

The nicest thing about a hug is that you usually can't give one without getting one.

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