Hug on For Your Life

The Cricket Story

A Collection of
Thoughts on Hugging
by Marcia Walthers
Copyright ©1999 Hug on For Your Life Ministries
First printing August 1999
First published in the U.S.A. by
Walthers & Associates, Desktop Publishing Division
PO Box 98, McPherson, Kansas 67460
All rights reserved.

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Written permission granted by Marko Salonen, Editor, The Hugging Site, Dept. of Sociology & Social Psychology, University of Tampere, PO Box 607, 33101 Tampere FINLAND, for use of information contained in his web site.


To my dear husband, Denny, who always has a hug for me and has encouraged me for a long time to get this work completed,

To my daughter, Stephanie, who helped me give several programs when she was a child, and graciously allows me to use her well-hugged yellow blanket, To my daughter, Angela, who is patient with me when I need a hug. and lastly To the woman who inspired me with her Hug speech at the Sophists Toastmasterís Club #263, Anaheim, California in 1981 and whose name I donít remember.


The cave man did it for survival. That could be where hugging started, before humankind learned how to use fire in order to keep warm. But wait, Iím sure Adam and Eve hugged each other. But was it cold in the Garden of Eden? Did they need to snuggle together to keep warm? (Well, thereís a question for God.)

Babies do it by reflex. We all know they do this without thinkingóthey grab onto a finger that is placed in the palm of their tiny little hand and squeeze. That startle reflex always concerned me. Those little arms flinging wildly into the air trying to grab onto something familiar. I always hated it when I disturbed a sweetly sleeping baby. There would go those arms, grasping. I just want to pick them up and cuddle them and say Iím sorry.

Animals do it by instinct. Newborn kitties and puppies are all over each other immediately following birth. It wasnít until I was 49 that I witnessed the birth of a friendís kittens. (My friend didnít have the kittens, her cat did, duh!) What a neat experience to see those kittens hugged into the world. And then thereís the prairie dog. When a pup is born the mother must stimulate its breathing. The pup is attracted to the warmth of its mother and this interchange quickly forms a social bond, helping to ensure the pupís survival. When it is time to emerge from its burrow, other prairie dogs handle it similarly. The family unit stands strong through nurture. Wow, could we use this example in todayís world!

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