Friday, 2 May 2014

Word of the Week

It's Friday, it's a bank holiday weekend, it's time for Word of the Week!
And this week, my word is 

hug   (hŭg)

v. huggedhug·ginghugs
1. To clasp or hold closely, especially in the arms, as in affection; embrace.
2. To hold steadfastly to; cherish: He still hugs his outmoded beliefs.
3. To stay close to: a sailboat hugging the shore.
To embrace or cling together closely.
1. A close, affectionate embrace.
2. A crushing embrace, as in wrestling.

Smiler has sought me out several times in the last few days, hugged me, then wandered off again.  Not sure why - maybe he just needed a bit of physical attention, or perhaps he thought I did.

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Partly because of his learning disability nothing has ever been guaranteed for Smiler - he wasn't expected to speak, to smile, to recognise people - I guess that's why every little step forwards is such a big deal.  I hate - hate that clichéd 'oh, they're so affectionate' thing - first issue, they are individual children, with their very own personality, it is utterly impossible for that generalisation to be true.  Second, very few people, children included, are anything all the time - everyone has good days and bad days; quiet days and noisy days; days they want a hug, and days they want no one near them.

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I love it when Smiler seeks me out, but although between he and I we can get him on my lap, I worry that those days will be over soon.  He weighs around 44kg, and he's about 140cm tall (so that's 98lb and 4'8" in old money), and just thinking about heading into puberty.

So I'm taking the hugs while I can, for as long as I can.
Thank you Smiler, and you know where I am when you need a squeeze.

And, incidentally, look at my gorgeous boy...
Won't be able to learn to smile -
Yeah right!

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Joining up with The Reading Residence for

The Reading Residence

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  1. Brilliant smile and I hope you have plenty more hugs to enjoy x

  2. He is gorgeous indeed!!! Enjoy those hugs!

  3. A wonderful smile! Keep on enjoying those hugs x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  4. Aww! Lovely word! Enjoy those hugs x


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