Meltdowns and Hugs.

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I was mesmerized by a small child and her mom. It wasn’t a pretty scene but it was raw and real.

In an envious way, I wanted to join the little girl flailing on the store floor, crying and furiously pounding the cement. I didn’t know the reasons for her meltdown. I didn’t need to.

She had such freedom to let it all go.

A few steps away, her mom barked colorful expressions to silence her. It was as if the mom wanted to put a lid on the cacophony of life.

Exhausted looking, the mom was on the ledge of her own anger.

I still can’t believe I spoke up and stood in-between the two.

“Isn’t it incredible how they can do that and we can’t?

The mom, gave me a perplexed look, mixed with a slight sense of relief, and surprisingly said,

“Maybe that is what we need.”

The connection between us flickered and in a challenging voice she added,

“What do I do with her now?”

“Hug her. The words will come later.”

The mom semi-nodded, eye contact was brief but it filled the gap of understanding.

I walked away only to watch from a safe distance, the sweet, powerhouse child had finally dissolved into her mom’s arms.

I scrunched my to-do list back into my pocket. I needed to get to my car and let my tears have a meltdown too.


About Carolyn Riker

A creative explorer using the magic of imagination, surfing the sea of understanding and finding bridges to connect it all.
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4 Responses to Meltdowns and Hugs.

  1. Chava Gal-Or says:

    I simply love this. . . .such a holy moment!

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