Behold, the hug.
Is anything in the universe as potentially awkward and comforting as the hug? Humans (or many mammals) have the innate ability to express love or like, congratulations or condolences by simply opening their arms and pressing together their bodies.
I compile a monthly post called 6 Words. Ernest Hemingway inspired it when he said any story can be told in six words. I ask bloggers, friends, strangers, and a few strange blogger friends to respond to a prompt.
Here’s the prompt for August:
If you could go back in time and give anyone from history a hug, who would it be?
Some were historical. Others, sentimental. A handful were irreverent, and that’s perfect. Life needs that balance, doesn’t it? We miss loved ones, but on this earth, we must continue to laugh and think and laugh at our thinking, too.
Once again, this 6 words prompt came from Q4KIDZ. They provide daily questions designed to spur creative conversations between parents and their kids. Check them out. Sign up for email or text notifications, too.
1. Ignacio Anaya. Nachos are true love.
A.J., of Read All The Things!
2. Everyone! Because hugs are the best.
Ritu B., of But I Smile Anyway
3. My grandfather who I miss daily.
Janine H., of Confessions of a Mommyaholic
4. Jesus Christ – day before His crucifixion.
Pat C., of New Bloggy Cat
5. 1961, at Tiffany’s with Aubrey Hepburn!
Tiffany M., of Sounds Like Life to Me
6. Myself, 24, with “Follow your heart.”
Aunie, of Aunie Sauce
7. My Poppi would be the one! 😊
Courtney W., of Blog Me This
8. John Griggs, an american expat in Brazil.
Diana T., of Creating Herstory
9. Jim Morrison: trouble but definite hottie.
Rosey, of Mail 4 Rosey
10. king arthur on horseback sharing saddle.
Beth K., of I Didn’t Have My Glasses On …
11. Gosh! Too many options. Today? Lance.
Court, of Baking in My Bathing Suit
12. Me, last year: You’ll be okay.
Corey W., of Nostalgia Diaries
13. Great-grandpa Harold: He makes rain happy.
Zoey, 6, daughter of Corey, of Nostalgia Diaries
14. Heavenly Hugs for inspirational Mother Teresa.
Ann M., of McGuffy’s Reader
15. I’d love to HUG mother Theresa!
Trina T., of Anything, Everything, That Makes Life Life …
16. Helen Keller, who communicates through hugs!
Rhea M., of Life is Messy Life is Marvelous
17. The remarkably brave Miss Anne Frank.
Kelly M., of Just Typikel
18. My beloved dad – gone 53 years.
Mo., of Mocadeaux
19. Marie Curie: “Hurray, Polonium! Oh, wait …”
Katherine B., of Welcome to the Nursery
20. Arms aren’t long enough for Churchill.
Clay W., of Making the Days Count
21. I’d hug and kiss Audrey Hepburn.
Britt S., of Britt Skrabanek
22. Jane Austen after first book rejected.
Ashley C., of Happy, Pretty, Sweet
23. I would hug President Abraham Lincoln.
Lisa R., of Blondies BEARista
24. Jacques Cousteau, in the deep end.
Susan K., of A Woman’s View of Hunting … With Men
25. I would give anything to hug Dad.
Lindsay F., of The Flynnigans
26. Childhood hero, the great Jim Henson.
Beth K., of The Beth Next Door
27. Whoever invented knitting and warm cardigans.
Tatiana A., of Tat Apostolova
28. Jesus, the night before his betrayal.
Carlee M., of Carlee McDot
29. Corrie ten Boom, I admire you.
Katy C., of Experienced Bad Mom
30. Princess Diana. We both wear tiaras.
Missy F., of Midlife Margaritas
31. Thomas Crapper – Indoor bathrooms a must!
Hilary, of Feeling Beachie
32. Katherine Hepburn; cool as a cat.
Beth T., of Beth Teliho
33. My mum. My wonderful, wonderful mum.
Miriam B., of Out an’ About
34. Young Adolf Hitler. It couldn’t hurt.
Andrea M., of Stumbling Every Day
35. My mother. Never stop missing her.
Meredith S., The Mom of the Year
36. I’d totally hug Weird Al Yankovic.
Robin R., of Masshole Mommy
37. Grandma: miss her soothing, heartfelt hugs.
Shannon A., of Radio Chick’s Reflections
38. My dad, I miss him lots.
Jenny, of Accidental Hipster Mom
39. Marilyn, you were enough without them.
Penelope G., of Penelope’s Oasis
40. Mom’s dad. Sadly, never met him.
Eric, of All in a Dad’s Work
41. Timely hug saves Claude from drowning.
Joyce L., of Catch My Words
42. Eleanor Roosevelt – only you cause inferiority.
Tessa, of Always a Writer
43. I’d hug Grandma one more time.
Dana H., of Kiss My List
44. I would hug my dad again.
Gina V., of The Glamorous Life of the Modern Soccer Mom
45. My dog, before she ran away.
46. This one’s easy: my maternal grandfather.
Stephanie J., of When Crazy Meets Exhaustion
47. Walter Tell, prior to Daddy’s apple-shot.
Tamara G., of Part-time Working Hockey Mom
My best friend.
Lyn C., of The Call of the Pen
49. Robin Williams: Thanks for the laughs ❤
Raine V., of Hope Xchange
50. Mother Teresa, love and compassion personified.
Laura H., of Riddle from the Middle
51. My Grandma Leona and Dion, too.
Michelle T., of Lipstick and Laundry
52. One last time, I squeeze dad.
53. Van Gogh, creating beauty from pain.
Cathy T., of Just My Thoughts … and a Cup of Tea
54. Dad. And have a cold beer.
Eli P., of Coach Daddy
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