Our eldest daughter loves to pose this request multiple times a day. Sweet as the request should sound, I hate to say that often in the midst of a hectic day, I find it borderline a nuisance, a constant distraction to my flow of work.
But let’s admit it, little children is distraction. We cannot effectively hug them, or talk to them, or tell them we love them while at the same time carrying on with whatever busyness we are in.
Hugging a little child requires us to get down on our knees and use both our arms.
It’s this constant distraction that acts as a reminder to what our principal duty as parents is. Lest we get too carried away in the busyness of providing for our children yet fail to respond timely to their need for our presence.
The messy house will soon be free of scattered toys and crayon marks.
The overtime and endless office works aren’t likely to cease.
And the company we are building may not even be there to accompany our graying, lonely souls.
It’s just a matter of time, when their little bodies, little souls, are no longer so little, that we are needed to kneel down and hug them no longer.
“You know that the beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being formed and the desired impression is more readily taken.” – Plato’s Republic