Grab a tissue, you're going to need it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the world, literally. Sure, we can talk about the financial devastation but we should be more focused on the mental struggles related. Many families were unable to physically gather or embrace one another for health reasons as well as being ordered to stay home unless it is absolutely needed. For our children, it has been really hard. Our kids were unable to finish school with their friends, birthday parties were seemingly canceled, play dates were put on hold, and more. The truth of the matter is the emotional toll it has taken on our littles, no matter what the age.

Personally, my children were unable to hug their Papa for months, which was incredibly difficult for them and also painful for a parent to witness. It has been especially hard for the children that aren't old enough to grasp why this has been happening. But, in Illinois and around the country, we've slowly been able to reconnect with loved ones face-to-face. In some cases, hugs and kisses were exchanged for the first time in months. Moments like the one caught in this video, help us further understand how unmaliciously we've taken physical touch for granted. Watch this short video a Kentucky mom captured as two best friends, who've been unable to embrace since the pandemic-related quarantine began, hugs for the first time in months. The video is filled with emotion, to say the least.

Let this be a lesson to remember how important and meaningful a hug can be.


JB Love is ½ of  Q98.5's Lil Zim & JB In The Morning, weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram.