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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photo courtesy of Shannon Adams

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. 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?

  2. 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. 🙂

  3. 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… 💖

  4. 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. 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.

  5. 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….

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!!

  9. 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.”

  10. 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. 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.

  11. 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. 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.)

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