Well, maybe not this kind of hug. I think more sincere hugs actually make the world go ’round.
The kids were arguing so badly in my back seat. I yelled, threatened, swerved, and otherwise acted like a complete fool to try to get them to stop. I find bickering children very distracting.
Then I had a moment of genius. I remembered one of the most dreaded punishments inflicted on me as a child. The old sit-on-the-couch-and-hug-each-other, used by my parents when Nickie and I annoyed them too badly by arguing.
I remember sitting on the couch with my arms wrapped around her and I was completely miserable. There was probably no one on Earth I would have wanted to hug less than her. Sitting there embracing my twerp of a sister who whined so much that it got us in trouble just like she always did made me want to do anything in the world to be able to get up and play – including getting along with her if necessary.
So, I made the kids hug each other.
I snapped a picture.
Look how unhappy they were. It was perfect.
I made them stay like that long enough for them to get the point.
They got along very well for the rest of the evening.
Maybe we should implement this practice in the real world. Especially during election season. It might be really helpful for President Obama and Mitt Romney to sit on the couch and hug for a spell…
…at least it would make for much more uplifting commercials.