May, 2013

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Hands, Head, and Heart

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Ever since my son began walking he’s been tall enough for me to reach down and touch his head. It’s a very natural to comfort or steer him by putting my hand on his skull. In fact, I realize that I’ve done this with other children as well, and most adults seem to instinctively touch a small child on the head.

Yet once a child reaches the teen years, we no longer touch them lightly or lovingly on the skull. And then, for the rest of our lives we are rarely, if ever, met with a gentle hand on our face or through our hair. I’ve come to think there is something very wrong with this.

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