Did you know that hugging isn’t universal?
I didn’t grow up with many hugs from my parents, friends or other loved ones.
It wasn’t because we don’t love each other. We just don’t hug abundantly in Thai (and other Asian) culture, if at all.
Growing up, hugs in my family looked more like:
Now, over the years, away from my birth country and culture, I have gotten to like hugs that don’t necessary look like those.
I especially like the full body squeeze sort of hugs.
The other day, I got those hugs – from my kids!
They were more satisfying than any fruits, walks on a beach, words of praise.
Perhaps due to an automatic response to the oxytocin release immediately following the squeezes, I asked if they were hungry. It was lunch time, after all.
Thankfully, they said yes!
What would you like to eat?
They replied with ข้าวไข่เจียว, Kao Kai Jiao, Thai omelette, of course. It’s the easiest, most edible hug of all!
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