Why Do We Hold Hands?

by Sandra Schrift

I love when I can hold hands with one or more people. It feels like we are caring and cared for – feeling connected. My children and I held hands when we crossed the street and when they needed emotional support. Author Robert Fulghum, of All I Really need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, wrote: “When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.” Andy Smallman tells a story about an older couple who were married for 72 years died an hour apart. They were in an auto accident and brought to the emergency room where they were placed side by side. Guess what they did? They held hands and when they died soon after, they were still holding hands. The husband died one hour before his wife and his wife’s heartbeat was visible on his heart monitor. . . because they were holding hands!

The Coach sez . . . who can you hold hands with today?

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