Foster Parenting

Saturday, March 17, 2018

An Unexpected Hug SOL #17/31

I am joining Two Writing Teachers for the Slice of Life Story Challenge.  I appreciate this space for writers to tell their stories and connect with each other.



Today's post is inspired by Kevin Hodgson's 6 Word  Slice of Life posts.  

Autumn and I went shopping today to get her some spring clothes.  I wasn't sure how it was going to go because she's not much of a shopper and I remember what it was like shopping with Molly and Annie when they were 13.  I cringed inside as I vetoed a couple of pairs of shorts and jeans.  Was she going to resent my boundaries?  Did she begrudge that her foster mom is a middle-aged conservative  woman when it comes to clothes?  She took my suggestions well and discovered that with her blond hair and fair coloring, pastels look best on her.  She found several outfits and two pairs of shoes and we left the store happy with our purchases.  

As I slid into my seat and began to buckle my seat belt, I was taken by surprise when she laid her head on my shoulder and gave me a quick hug.  I kissed the top of her head and my heart soared.  You see, Autumn doesn't give a lot of hugs and this spontaneous hug of hers meant the world to me. 




12 comments:

  1. I love this. I just spent the day with my 14 year old son, buying new jeans. We haven't been clothes shopping since he was 10ish. It was actually enjoyable. We were both surprised.
    I'm glad to hear that you had a good day too!

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  2. I love this. Such a special bond you have and captured so powerfully through your six words. Sounds like a good day!

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  3. What a special moment. I'm so glad you had that time together.

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  4. Beautiful. Sounds like a win win for everyone. The unexpected can be overwhelming.

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  5. I love how a special moment can be conveyed in such a concise six words.

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  6. Beautifully written and I absolutely get how you must have felt when she hugged you. So special!

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  7. How touching, Julie. Your writing and image create a heartwarming slice.

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  8. I can only imagine the emotions you must feel when you realize what an impact you are having on these girls' lives. We need more of you in this world. My heart aches for those children who need a Julie.

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  9. Wow! This really is a special time! Even after 15 years as a family, I rarely get a hug from either of my sons! Savor!

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