In the hectic after work, hurry clean up the house, start laundry, fix supper, clean up supper of last night, Eli managed to stop me in my tracks. I was putting away the left over food and cleaning up from supper when in the middle of the kitchen, Eli stepped into my path with his arms out.
I said, "What's up?" This is not the child that hugs without a well thought out or deeply felt need. It took a long time for him to be comfortable with hugs and his initiating a hug is a well guarded luxury.
His answer, "Just thanks for taking care of us. I love you."
For all the milestones this child has crossed and the progress he's made, his hugs are probably in the top 3 things that I love about him. You know that when you are on the receiving end of them, they mean something. They mean a lot. They aren't given in passing, they aren't manipulative, they are amazing.
Next time you give a hug....make it an Eli kind of hug. They mean a lot.