Who we’d go back in time to hug, in 6 words

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Behold, the hug.

6 words graphicIs 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.

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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

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Courtesy of Courtney Wright

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

Courtesy of Corey Wheeland

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Lisa T., of The Great Escape Divorce Support at Lisa Thomson Live

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

48. Jesus,

My Saviour;

My best friend.

Lyn C., of The Call of the Pen

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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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  1. Ritu says:

    Thanks for the mention Eli!

  2. Lyn says:

    What an interesting mix of hugees 🙂

  3. ksbeth says:

    i love the hugs – nothing like them and love these huggers. thanks for letting me be one of them. and king arthur thanks you as well –

  4. claywatkins says:

    A big for my buddy, Eli! Love the six words to begin my day, need to smile more and talk less. 6 words is the way to go!

  5. Tessa says:

    Reblogged this on Always A Writer and commented:
    A great post, give it a look. Hugs make you feel better.

  6. Beautiful post in seeing all the love! Thanks for including me, Eli!

  7. Dana says:

    Aw, so many loved ones to hug. And have a beer with. Loved joining in again, Eli – thanks!

  8. stomperdad says:

    This is a seriously impressive list of hugs. Hugs to you for hosting it!

  9. stomperdad says:

    Reblogged this on All In A Dad's Work and commented:
    Where else would you find your younger self along side Jesus, Hitler, King Arthur, Audrey Hepburn, and your grandfather but in one of Eli’s 6 word stories. This is an impressive list of hugs. Who would you go back in time to hug?

  10. I love this question. And I love all the hugs that are being offered. 🙂 And how there’s a mix of historical figures we know / admire and loved ones who have passed on. If I’d been able to respond to your email in time, Eli, I probably would have taken the latter route and squeeze in all four of my grandparents. I can’t choose between them. 🙂

  11. That was so awesome to read! A lot of us would go back and hug parents and grandparents. I would include my grandparents in that. I was fortunate enough to know all of mine but 2 were very special. I just miss my dad the most… 💖

  12. Another great ‘6 words’! Thanks for including me!

  13. Well, again, I am moved by what you say and inspire in others. These are great. I am a hugger, so this really speaks to me. Thank you, my friend. ~Annie
    Six Words for August
    Annie at ~McGuffy’s Reader~

  14. Beth says:

    Goodness I have tears after reading this. So many who would hug grandparents which I totally relate to, I would love to do the same. But also so many who have lost parents. Some of these made me smile and chuckle a bit too. Another fun prompt and post. A big hug to you for hosting us again my friend! Can’t wait for next month.

    1. Lindsay says:

      Jim Hensen was an interesting response but a creative one. What an amazingly creative and talented man who brought and still brings joy to so many.

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        Even muppet makers need love, right?

        We today about how The Muppets had stuff that made kids laugh and also stuff that made the grown-ups laugh and that’s not nothing.

  15. Aww, these are great! I’d also hug the indoor bathroom guy. I’ve used way too many outhouses in my life. That’s never a pleasant experience.

  16. pursuitpeace says:

    Ooo… I almost said Hitler too. Maybe he needed more hugs?

  17. Another pawsome list, Eli. Thanks for having me. ヘ(^・・^=)~

  18. Eli, I missed your 6 words here somewhere – are they here??
    I love to see the commonalities: Jesus, Mother Theresa, Audrey … and so many dads and grandpas! And Hitler – great point! You never know what a well-timed hug will do….

  19. I’d go just a few years back and hug my daughter when she was about two. I think those were the very best hugs I ever got.

  20. beth teliho says:

    So many different responses!! thanks for including me, Eli. ❤

  21. emmaandroseblog says:

    I’m not a hugger. Growing up we didn’t really show any affection in my family, except my dad, who passed away 16 years ago. I regret not saying I love you to him or hugging him or spending time with him enough while he was around. I am glad I said it to him the last time I saw him.

  22. Lisa thomson says:

    These were fabulous! Thanks Eli for hosting. I’m down with Robin Williams and Van Gogh. Wish I had thought of them 🙂

  23. San says:

    Awww, wouldn’t it be nice to get this one last hug with someone?

  24. akaleistar says:

    I wish I had a time machine because there are so many people in history who need a hug 🙂

  25. Lauren Becker says:

    Love this topic! personal wise? I’d hug my late uncle or grandpa who I never met. Famous, but passed? Oscar Wilde…after getting out of jail.


  26. Tat says:

    So many good ideas… hugs are great! We should all become hugging machines 😉

  27. 15andmeowing says:

    Great choices, except for Hitler, although maybe if he was hugged when younger , he wouldn’t have been so awful.

  28. Laura says:

    Loved reading everyone’s hugs. Tweeting this out today to share the love. 🙂

  29. I love these! #12 gives me some hope. #39 is interesting, because a certain (famous) Marilyn came to mind, but she doesn’t give a last name so… there’s a good chance it’s more personal. But when the Marilyn I thought of came to mind, I thought, “Me too!” And I got chills from the mindset of #34. You never know when a seemingly small gesture will make all the difference.

  30. Lots of good ones as usual. Great prompt, too! Happy Friday, E 🙂

  31. amommasview says:

    Some great ones (missed my Anne Franck though ;-)… but ssssshhhh…)

  32. mocadeaux says:

    I always love the range of interpretation you get each month in the 6 Word Challenge. Thanks for the opportunity to honor my late father. I wish I had thought to send a picture!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      This tribe’s all over the place, isn’t it Mo? Love it. Thanks for contributing. It was an honor to honor your father.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Loved this list – thanks for including the hugs post. Also, I found my way back to Midlife Margaritas after wayyyy too long away.

  33. Rosey says:

    lol I can’t believe I said that… I answered on the fly. You must have caught me on a music day. 🙂 I definitely want to revise mine to say, “I’d love to hug grandma again.”

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      No need to apologize! Everyone answered without knowing what the others answered.

  34. Hands down – my favorite 6 words. What an amazing list of huggers and hugees ❤️

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Forever-ever, Michelle? There was a lot of love to go around, wasn’t there?

  35. Hilary says:

    I love this list… And I so need a hug now

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Hilary – and I’d deliver one, the good kind, too, not the shoulder slapping type.

  36. Lindsay says:

    I just loved reading the myriad of responses. I see that I’m not alone at all in missing my Dad, much like many of your readers, too. If only eh? I feel sometimes like I do have actual memories of my dad but I’m unsure if it’s pictures I’ve seen and I just think I’m remembering things. I was far too little…. but I do know that I absolutely remember Halloween 1986, 6 days before he died.
    Having said that, my mom was one helluva mom and dad for me both, and I’ll cherish that forever. ❤

    I hope you had a great weekend, Eli. xo

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      We had lots going on here, didn’t we Linds? Lots of dads missed. We never know how many days we have them.

      Either way, your father lives on in your memories and every time you tell a story about him.

  37. Lindsay says:

    And thank you Eli, I appreciate you allowing me to honour my dad. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’m honored to have had the chance, Linds.

  38. Kisma says:

    What a great group of people to hang around with and share hugs!!! Thanks Eli for bringing us all together!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Not a stinker in the bunch, Tiff. Glad you could be part of it.

  39. I know I am late to the game here and been crazy with the first week of school here. But just had to stop in to thank you for once again including me always. I think this might have been the easiest 6 words for me to answer by the way since I have been included here.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Never too late, J-Huld. You were in the very first six words and I’d love to have you in every one until Kingdom Come.

      I wonder how we’d answer if we had to name someone to punch (luckily, this isn’t that kind of blog.)

  40. Yay! Thanks for including me, Eli. Always fun to be a part of these. 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Yes! Always good to have you along, Britt. Hope others find your blog if they don’t know it already, too.

  41. da-AL says:

    I’d hug my child self.

    Thanks, Eli, for such a great blog post as well as prompt!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Very sweet. I wrote a post to my kid self once. I hope you’ll join us for the next one!

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