embrace - to hold (someone) closely in one's arms, especially as a sign of affection. 2) Accept or support (a belief, theory, or change) willingly and enthusiastically.
One of my favorite songs containing the word embrace.
I like to give and receive hugs. That wasn't a part of my personality growing up.
Or maybe it was.
During my stint as a preschool teacher, I read the book The Five Love Languages of Children. These love languages are as true for adults as they are for children. Through this book, I discovered that appropriate touch is my primary love language, with quality time running a close second.
As a kid, I knew that a person's care or concern was genuine if they were willing to touch me. My peers wouldn't even dare touch me when we played; they teased that I has some disease to which they didn't want to expose themselves. The majority of the times I was touched by my teachers was in anger or derision.
As an adult, I know that a person's friendship and fellowship is genuine if they are willing to embrace me. A side hug, an appropriate full-on hug, a firm handshake, or even a friendly fist bump relays the message that I'm not simply a tolerated thing, but a real person worthy of embrace.
Prompts provided by Mrs. Kate over at Heading Home.