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.
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
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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Thanks for the mention Eli!
What an interesting mix of hugees 🙂
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 –
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!
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A great post, give it a look. Hugs make you feel better.
Beautiful post in seeing all the love! Thanks for including me, Eli!
Aw, so many loved ones to hug. And have a beer with. Loved joining in again, Eli – thanks!
This is a seriously impressive list of hugs. Hugs to you for hosting it!
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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?
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. 🙂
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… 💖
Another great ‘6 words’! Thanks for including me!
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~
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ooo… I almost said Hitler too. Maybe he needed more hugs?
Another pawsome list, Eli. Thanks for having me. ﾍ(^･･^=)~
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….
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.
So many different responses!! thanks for including me, Eli. ❤
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.
These were fabulous! Thanks Eli for hosting. I’m down with Robin Williams and Van Gogh. Wish I had thought of them 🙂
Awww, wouldn’t it be nice to get this one last hug with someone?
I wish I had a time machine because there are so many people in history who need a hug 🙂
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.
So many good ideas… hugs are great! We should all become hugging machines 😉
Great choices, except for Hitler, although maybe if he was hugged when younger , he wouldn’t have been so awful.
Loved reading everyone’s hugs. Tweeting this out today to share the love. 🙂
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.
Lots of good ones as usual. Great prompt, too! Happy Friday, E 🙂
Some great ones (missed my Anne Franck though ;-)… but ssssshhhh…)
how the …
It happens 😉
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!!
This tribe’s all over the place, isn’t it Mo? Love it. Thanks for contributing. It was an honor to honor your father.
Loved this list – thanks for including the hugs post. Also, I found my way back to Midlife Margaritas after wayyyy too long away.
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.”
No need to apologize! Everyone answered without knowing what the others answered.
Hands down – my favorite 6 words. What an amazing list of huggers and hugees ❤️
Forever-ever, Michelle? There was a lot of love to go around, wasn’t there?
I love this list… And I so need a hug now
Thanks, Hilary – and I’d deliver one, the good kind, too, not the shoulder slapping type.
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
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.
And thank you Eli, I appreciate you allowing me to honour my dad. 🙂
I’m honored to have had the chance, Linds.
What a great group of people to hang around with and share hugs!!! Thanks Eli for bringing us all together!
Not a stinker in the bunch, Tiff. Glad you could be part of it.
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.
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.)
Yay! Thanks for including me, Eli. Always fun to be a part of these. 🙂
Yes! Always good to have you along, Britt. Hope others find your blog if they don’t know it already, too.
I’d hug my child self.
Thanks, Eli, for such a great blog post as well as prompt!
Very sweet. I wrote a post to my kid self once. I hope you’ll join us for the next one!