There’s been a lot of talk recently about how great the former host of “Meet the Press” Tim Russell was in his job. I was just as impressed by what his son, Luke, age 22, said of his dad at his dad’s funeral. According to AP writer Stephen Ohlemacher, Luke gave what he described as his dad’s last speech. His first piece of advice? He urged parents to hug their children.
In a similar vein, reader Jon Cupps wrote me recently about Indianapolis Colts’ coach Tony Dungy’s new book, Quiet Strength. On page 254, it describes Dungy’s eulogy to his son Jamie who died by suicide at age 18. Dungy told the crowd, “Parents, hug your kids – every chance you get. Tell them that you love them every chance you get. You don’t know when it’s going to be the last time.”
When TV news stars and football stars are speaking about the importance of hugs – and they’re both manly men – I know this message is for all people. Parents, hug your kids today!