One day, as my daughter and I sat in the doctor's office, there was an article hanging on the wall. It was titled something like, "Rescue Hug" (when I looked it up on the internet, I saw "Rescuing Hug"). In the article, there was a picture of two premature babies, twins, in a single incubator lying side by side. The one twin had her arm around her sister. I found several articles about it on the internet, but I believe that this is what it said--This picture is from an article called the "RESCUING HUG"
The article details the first week of life of a set of twins. Apparently each were in their respective incubators and one was not expected to live. A hospital nurse fought against the hospital rules and placed the babies in one incubator. When they were placed together, the healthier of the two, threw an arm over her sister in an endearing embrace. The smaller baby's heart stabilized and temperature rose to normal. The children survived their rocky beginnings and in time went home with their parents.
It was a moving picture and story. It helped me to know that, for the sick, just knowing that someone is there who cares is important. The strong can lend their strength and presence to support the weak and perishing.
My daughter does not always feel well. Yesterday, we had had a lovely time at the zoo--her taking pictures and me taking video. As we were departing, my daughter did not feel well and she wanted to find a bench. I put an arm around her as we walked. She asked why I did that. I told her that it was a rescue hug. I believe that I also said something to the effect that we would walk through the situation together. With that, she wrapped her arm around me as well and we went forward, together, actually quite contentedly. There were no more requests to find a bench nor were there even complaints. On the way home, we stopped for a small treat. That evening, she looked perky and I asked, "How are you doing?" She told me, "Fine." We, as parents and as Christians, need to not be too busy; we can live simply, just working quietly with our own hands and being available to be there for others.
. . .On a related note, we have several little children's books in a series derived from a larger work (the children's books are simple and do not contain all of the extra comments of the larger work). The books give stories and pictures of "Unlikely Friendships." These are animal friendships oftentimes taking place when a sick animal is befriended by a healthy animal or when the different kinds of animals find themselves together and not amongst their own kind. One of the stories (with its pictures) that I have repeatedly looked at is entitled, "The Dog and the Piglet." A little potbellied piglet was born and the mother left it. The farmer put the piglet next to his big dog for warmth, if, peradventure, the tiny weak piglet would live through the night. The dog licked the piglet and the piglet snuggled up to the dog. They stayed together. When the piglet was healthy enough, it was reunited with its mother--but it never forgot the dog, and, in the coming days, would go up to the dog and nuzzle it the way that the dog had nuzzled the piglet the night that it was born.
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