When I realized that April was almost over a week ago, Mister observed that we had been traveling for the first half of the month and all of us were sick in the last two weeks of it. Through all of the craziness that April offered, one thing was constant; the desire and request for hugs. Both of the kiddos are keen snugglers and to be honest, so are Mister and I. I thought back and realized that even if the day wasn’t going as smoothly as we had anticipated, a hug tended to help soften the grumpy attitudes we had developed.
We had to make an unexpected trip up to Ohio due to a death in the family. Hugs helped when I was trying to prep for and pack up all that we, the kids and the house pony (dog) would need on our travels. When the traveling was getting too much for us all, a break to stretch our legs and be able to move around on grass was welcomed, but hugs happened even unexpectedly then too. Have you tried to get a toddler and kinder aged kiddo in and out of their car seats without some form of a hug? Once we arrived in Ohio, hugs abounded because we were staying with my in-laws and the kids were super stoked to see their Oma, Pa, and their house pony too.
When we were at the funeral, there were hugs in sympathy, bittersweet because of the reason we were there, but from friends who we’ve not seen in years who were still excited to see us and marvel at how much Munchkin and Little Miss have grown since the last time we had been there. We stayed in Ohio through Easter to allow as much time as possible to meet up and catch up with both family and friends, which led to more hugs. When I was beginning to get homesick for Texas, Mister offered hugs and assurances that we wouldn’t be away from home much longer. Traveling home was a two day adventure, as was the travel up, but hugs seemed to cover more hurts and grumpiness on the way back.
Once we got home and settled back into our regular routine, hugs still played a large part of days. Especially when the stomach bug decided to hang out with us for a week or so. When my kiddos are sick, they just want to snuggle. They tended to latch onto us like koala bears do to eucalyptus trees. They. Don’t. Let. Go. Though, having a feverish kinder-age kid willing to go to bed early without any bribery? That was new, and VERY uncommon. Thankfully, all major signs of sickness & illness have left our abode, for now, though I can only imagine what Munchkin will inadvertently bring home once school starts, but that’s another story.