What images come to your mind when you think of tenderness? Do you think of a baby’s smooth skin and a Mom’s tender touch?
Do you see the tender love in the eyes of a child as they gaze upon a fuzzy baby chick or a newborn kitten?
What about the love in the eyes of a couple, whose hair may be gray or white How the flame of love in their eyes still shines as they walk hand in hand.
A tender touch from a loved one that says, “I love you and I am here.”
Yes, tenderness can be expressed in so many different ways. What sparked this post today? It was the tender words expressed to me in 2 emails that I received. One came late last night and the other one early this mornimg.It was responses to emails that I had sent.
The tender responses touched me even more because of the questions I had in my mind. Questions about what kind of responses I would receive. Questions due to the unpleasant subject that I had to talk about.
I learned that I shouldn’t have been worried. The sweet words in the responses brought moisture to my eyes.
Yes, that is no big surprise, it doesn’t take much for me to tear up. I keep hearing how I need to watch the TV series, “This is Us”. I hear how it will make you cry. I guess I need to buy more tissues, for my curiosity has been peaked.
But back to the emails. My heart was moved. Moved by the sincerity and compassion felt in the words I read. Moved by the warmth of feeling like I had received a hug.
Yesterday may have started out wrong, by waking to a bad dream. But it ended so right. There also were tender texts that I received in the evening from a dear friend. Plus 2 stories sent in emails that made me laugh. Then the tender email right before bed, and another one to greet me this morning!
Words can be so powerful. They can evoke such emotion.
Whether it be by words or physical touch, tenderness touches the heart!