"We all need a hug from time to time to help us get our head around the vicissitudes of life. A hug is one of the easiest things to give that requires the accompaniment of no words to know its meaning. The mere act of one creature embracing another is symbolic of saying no less than, 'I'm here for you, I feel your pain and I share your feelings.'
I send hugs to all those loved ones both past and present and in particular to Carole Handley whose husband Jack died a few days ago. Carole and Jack had been married 47 years. May she and her family find themselves able to focus upon the happy times in the past whenever they think of Jack and all of the puddles he jumped into on his journey through life.
One of the very first things we experience upon being born is to be hugged by the comforting embrace of our mother and if we are fortunate to find our soul mate, one of our last experiences in this life will be to be hugged by them. We therefore associate hugging as an act of nourishment.It is at its primary source; the most loving way of saying 'hello' and 'goodbye.' It is even said that tree trunks grow much rounder specimens because of the human embraces they receive. I guess that explains the roly poly shape of myself, as my dear late mother never stopped hugging me, nor does my wife and soul mate, Sheila!" William Forde: May 18th, 2015.