ask the silent prince for a kiss and chances are you will get one. sometimes he will simply offer his cheek for you to peck, but often he will pucker up and plant one on you.
i remember his first kiss the way i remember the princess kitty giving me her first hug. i had just finished changing her and stood her up on the changing table when her arms flew around my neck and she sqeezed me tight. i couldn't tell you when exactly it happened; but that moment in time sticks in my heart. the princess kitty loves to give hugs; there are times she won't let go as she demands more and more.
but the prince is not a hugger. his first kiss happened in the kitchen. he was in my arms and suddenly his lips were on mine. again, i couldn't tell you how old he was exactly or what season of the year, but that moment sticks in my heart. he loves to give and get kisses. at times he laughs like crazy as though the kisses are some sort of funny game.
he's even a cuddler (especially when grandmom is around) but an honest to God hug... those are rare. i think it has to do with the autism. he craves physical contact; it's a sensory thing. he will climb all over you, rub up against strangers, and pull pillows and blankets over his head for sensory input. but he doesn't give hugs and isn't crazy about getting them.
and then tonight, as they were finished dinner, the silent prince grabbed the princess kitty and threw his arms around her over and over again. all i could do was sit and watch as he held her tight and laughed then let go of her so that he could hug her all over again.
honest to God hugs... it was beautiful and it sticks in my heart.
God's peace y'all
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