According to my research from Google Alerts, someone uses the phrase “Hug your kids” on the Internet about once a day, somewhere in the world. However, at least half the time, it’s after a child or teen dies or is badly hurt, like in the case of Stephen Gant, a promising young man from Riverside High in Tennessee with a bright future in baseball, who died by suicide in April of this year.
These Google Alerts are a daily motivator to me to work harder to get out my message “Hug your kids” farther, faster, deeper, sooner, because hugs matter. Could hugs have prevented this young man’s tragedy, or that of any other person’s? I don’t know. But I know that a history of hugs before a tragedy, helps in the healing of the survivors.
So folks, hug your kids, and loved ones, today. And if you know the Gant family, or any other family who has had a loss recently, go hug them too.
PS Here’s the story of this young man. I don’t want to add to his family’s pain but maybe someone reading this post can learn from their tough loss. And if you’re thinking of hurting yourself, please go ask someone for a hug and help. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/prep-baseball-superstar-possible-first-round-mlb-pick-170907446.html#ugccmt-container