When my youngest was just a baby, and my oldest was in preschool, we were just at the beginning stages of figuring out what it means to be a medical fragile family. I was working part-time, trying to help with medical bills while the kids were in a program called Mother’s Day Out.
I loved Mother’s Day Out. In fact, one day I came to pick up the kids, and the preschool teacher said something about it being book day. As she described the day, she handed me the book, “Hug.” I quickly said, “I can’t pay for this!” She replied, “No, it’s a gift.” I started to cry: First, because I couldn’t even afford a simple paperback book and second, the kindness of teacher Sachi blew me away.
The other week while picking up our weekly Costco pizza, I stopped in the book aisle. Lo and behold I saw the book “Hug.” Since “Hug” changed my life in so many ways, I had to pass “Hug” along.
You see, “Hug” was given to us at one of our lowest points, at least the start of our lowest points. I never imagined not having enough money for a small paperback book. I also never planned “to not plan” to get my kid a book, on book day. This just wouldn’t be! However, it was our reality.
Teacher Sachi changed and saved the day by giving “Hug” to my oldest son. She also hugged me while tears rolled down my face. “Hug” was a huge gift to our family. It was one of the biggest hugs we ever received.
You never know what may change someone’s life; a small paperback book named “Hug” changed mine.