My son is very much like me…we don’t do people. I mean, I would rather do 1,000,000 deep knee bends than hug a person. Some folks I know are huggers…they want to greet me in the morning with a hug. I always respond, “I don’t hug my wife and kids, I d@#n sure am not going to hug you!” Usually that calls off the attack. I don’t like to shake hands or even bump into someone else. I am not sure what my parents did to me as a child but it’s how I am.
Now honestly, I do hug my wife and kids (and I enjoy that) and I will shake hands in a pinch or where social norms demand it, but I am not a free-toucher. Isaac is just like me…except he barely hugs us either.
So, you may be wondering what this has to do with anything. You may remember, this week I am going on about simple pleasures. Uh…ok…so what’s my point? Well, last night Isaac willingly hugged me and kissed me on the cheek! I’ll say it again, Isaac hugged me and kissed my cheek…without coercion!
My boy loves to read and he reads at a high school level in 3rd 4th grade. He just finished the Star Wars book that parallels the third Star Wars movie (the one where Darth Vader is made). Until now, we have not let the kids see that movie. I don’t know that it is all that bad really, but so many parents around us have banned their kids from seeing it. I guess we decided to follow their lead. Anyhow, since he finished the book, I decided to let him watch the movie. We’ve been trying to work out a time to see it and finally last night was the night to start the show. When he got the news, he was so excited that he gave me a huge hug and a kiss on the cheek! That one thing, truly, made my week! I am a little less tired because of it!