I hugged a patient goodbye today
It's a common thing for hospice staff to do when their patients go home
Contrary to expectations
Many patients get to go home
In my experience there are two types of hugs
The first is the polite hug. The hug of affection that perhaps lasts only a second or two
It's heartfelt and warm and sometimes unexpected !!
For many hugs are rare as hen's teeth
The second type of hug is the bear hug. That long, long hug of need and want
The kind where back slaps tighten into embraces that hate to be opened.
The all enveloping hug
Tonight I came home to a dark ......silent cottage
And near empty, in my psychological reserves
I sat and cried sad selfish tears for a short while
Moments later the dogs arrived home,
In a blast of hairy, goggle eyed Bon viveur !
And bulldog and terrier hugs commenced in earnest
Big, fat, long fuck off bulldogs and terrier hugs
How lucky am I ?