I over-analyze things. A LOT. To the point where I will just sit and think ... for hours. Did that a lot as a kid, just ask my stuffed animals.
So anyways, I thought I'd put my analysis to good use with a list post on different kinds of hugs. There are so many!
These definitions mostly apply to hugs between men & women but there's obvious applications outside of that. And don't read into these too much. I'm not exactly Merriam-Webster!
The "Hello, how are you" Greeting Hug
The hug at it's most elementary.
The "Awkward but Nice" Hug
Wasn't expecting it, but what seemed awkward at first actually contained good kind motives, thus I reminisce on this one fondly.
The "Awkward but ... yeah" Hug
Needs no explanation ... however much you might want one.
The "I'm Needy, Please Fill My Tank" Hug
Do I look like Jesus to you? (Answer: No.)
The "Nice ... but Awkward" Hug
I never should have smiled at you.
The "Hello Strange Relative!" Hug
Oh look! We're wearing the same genes!
The "Pat-a-Cake" Special
The pat count tells me how much you've been thinking of me.
The "Side-to-Side-Swiggle-Wiggle" Special*
Happy girlfriends only.
The "Around the Waist Side" Hug*
Um ... hi?
The "I really want to kiss you" Hug
Was that electricity?
The Really Gentle "I don't want to break you" Hug
You're so kind. I wish I really was a fairy. But fairies don't fart. Fairies are perfect. I'm so glad I'm not a fairy.
The "Genuine Care & Protection" Hug
If we were strangers locked in a Motel 6 because Tyrannosaurus Rex bionically resurrected as a skeleton Nazgul, you'd let me have the bed.
The "My Heart Aches for You" Hug*
I'm sorry. I am so so sorry.
The "Tired Uncle/Hug Lite" Special
Your wife just had a baby. Or she's not been hugging you tight enough lately. Whatever the reason, I understand. Your efforts are acknowledged and appreciated.
The Hug of Deep Reconciliation
So maybe I did throw you for a loop initially and maybe possibly you wished I attended somebody else's church, but once we understood each other ... that was a good day.
The Hug of Complete Acceptance
The world has so few who know how to give these. It is truly a rarity to be treasured. Thank you. I feel so loved.
And of course ... Papa-Hugs. Which again need no explanation.
Of course there are combo-variations depending on the character of the person and the moment in time.
So gentlemen, hug wisely. To quote a really awesome book written by a marine (which I still have to figure out the title):
"When you hug a girl, you are embracing her soul."
I stand by those words. She just might remember forever.
So who else agrees you can feel the thought behind the hug? Which one's your favorite?
Know of any I missed? Comment below! I just might add it with kudos!
*Blair wins the Add-on Prize for the"Side-to-Side-Swiggle-Wiggle" Special and "Around the Waist Side" Hugs!
*Lee also wins an Add-on Prize for the "My Heart Aches for You" Hug!