I was recently at a Toastmasters meeting where one of the speakers presented an advanced project called “The Touching Story.” The objective of the speech was to tell a story that would move the audience in some way. He very much accomplished that objective and had me crying before the timer hit the 5 minute mark. Afterward, I was thinking how P.J.’s journey will someday make for a very touching story, but it’s too fresh right now… too hard to talk about in front of a large audience. Now there are two meanings of the word “touching,” though. It could refer to something that elicits strong feelings or emotions from someone, or it could refer to the physical act of putting your hands on someone.
For five months, we were not really able to touch P.J., at least not without gloves on, and then we had to be very gentle, of course. It’s just been the last week or so that we’ve not been restricted to the gloves, but they’re still “recommended.” Think about that for a minute…. that means no hugs, no kisses, no touching at all. It’s sort of ironic in a way, because many people believe that human touch has great healing power. Lack of touch can actually lead to “Failure to Thrive,” a potentially fatal syndrome, in newborns.
When I was emailing back and forth with a friend the other day, she closed with “Hug P.J. for me!” I wrote back and said, “Well, hugs aren’t possible at the moment, but I’ll bank one for you. After all, when I get word from him that he’s strong enough to handle it, I’m going to hug the lights out of him!” Okay, not really. But I can’t wait to make up for lost time with P.J. I am sure I’ll have to stand in line behind his girlfriend, but that is okay. I can wait my turn. Besides, in the words of the iconic resident of the Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh, “There’s no such thing as too much hug.”
At some point down the road, I look forward to telling the touching story of P.J.’s full recovery, but for now, I’ll continue blogging when I am able. I thank you for your comments on my posts, your prayers, and your support as we continue on P.J.’s journey.
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