Happiness is little hugs!

Happiness is little hugs!

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When you are hugging a child, always be the last one to let go. You never know how long they need it. ~Author Unknown

So as some of you may know it’s been a particularly tough time for me lately.  My mother is very ill and in the hospital and at one point we didn’t think she would pull through, we’re a bit more optimistic now.

Because of this I rushed back to NY driving across much of the country in three days.  Since last Saturday I have settled into a simple pattern.  Wake up, go to the hospital, spend much of the day there with my mother, go home to my sister’s house, repeat.

My mother’s condition has been very much on a roller coaster, one day good, the next day not so much, some time changing drastically within each day.  The up and down of this all has left me emotionally scraped to the bone.

But life is never all bad and there definitely have been some silver linings.  My mother, my sister and I have spent a lot of time together, more than we have spent together in years.  As sick as she has been, my mother has remained mentally sharp.  In staying with my sister and her husband, I am also staying with my nephew and two nieces, one of which, little Rooney, is two years old.

No matter how hard the day, the first thing I see at night when I open the door is little Rooney smiling and saying, “Hi Uncle Mike!”  Her adorable smile and sparkling eyes welcoming me home, she immediately escorts me to my room and points out my stuff for me.  Tonight she was entertaining me with stories about her boat and classroom, much as she has on other nights, the details ever in flux.

And always, loving kisses and tiny little hugs, small in size but most powerful in their impact.  So go out and get yourself a tiny hug my friends and have a happy day ~ Rev Kane

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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