"Mother's embrace" by Quinn Dombrowski at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Squish Your Mama

I am not what I refer to as a squishy person. I love my friends and family but I do not openly show my love in a squishy way except with my kids. I squish them all day! I grew up in a family of non-squishy people. My family is not cold but less affectionate than some. I have thought about it and often wished I was different.

"Mother's embrace" by Quinn Dombrowski at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Image courtesy of Quinn Dombrowski at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Recently I reconnected with a relative that I didn’t see regularly throughout my life. She embodied all the squishy love I wish I had. She is an amazing example of love and warmth. I have watched her, or studied her if you will. Her hugs are filled with so much love that you can feel them in your soul. She hugs with a warmth and love that is different than I have known before. My daughter, who is often indifferent to people, has formed an incredible bond with her and it has opened my heart.

I view things in a different way than I did before. My grandmother passed recently. She was not squishy, but she was special. I was left feeling sad and helpless. Helpless because my mom needed me and I knew I needed to be squishy, even if she didn’t want me to. I needed to hug her with the same love and warmth I had felt from my aunt even if my mom didn’t want me to. She needs me to. She is an incredible mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister and so much more. I want her to feel it to the depth of her soul. I want her to feel all of my love and support through one squishy hug. I want her to know I am by her side. I want her to know she raised a strong, powerful, supportive and squishy daughter that loves her.

I am on my way to see her as I write this with tears in my eyes. I have been this way for the last few days. I don’t often share my squishy feelings. I kind of stink at it. I just wanted everyone to know I can’t wait to squish my mama!

Are you a squishy person?

"Mother's embrace" by Quinn Dombrowski at flickr.com (scaled, cropped and text added)

Image courtesy of Quinn Dombrowski at flickr.com (scaled, cropped and text added)

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You know in a squishy person! Growing up Southern will do that for you! Often times, my family was everyone else but my immediate family (friends, their families), so I learned to give and take the squish freely. Hugs all around! I love you guys!


Squishy is hard for me but I’m working on it. Great post!


It depends on the person…I am pretty squishy with my family, as in my husband and my boys, not so much with my immediate family except my grandparents, because I didn’t grow up being a touchy sort of person. It is something that I am working on though, because I know it is so many people’s love language.

katrina g

i’m squishy when it comes to my kids and certain people. Other, not so much.

Jasmine Watts

Love you so much and I am a squishy person too!