A few years ago my youngest was learning his letters. One of his teachers taught him that the Xs represented a kiss. When he came home and told me about this, I taught him that the Os stood for hugs. He was tickled with this information and made sure that his Daddy learned this vital information as well.
Months later he learned to write his name. He came home that day and announced that he had a hug AND a kiss in his name. He held up a school paper to show me just what he meant. He showed me the X and kissed it. He pointed out the O and then hugged the paper. He was so proud. “I am the only one with both a hug and a kiss in my name!!!” he crowed.
On this Mother’s Day, my youngest crawled into bed with me and handed me a card. Inside he had signed his name and drew several Xs and Os beneath. He had me kiss each X and hug each O, including those in his name, then he gave me a hug and kiss for each as well. My heart swelled.
My sweet baby, my darling son. True to his name, he is full of Xs and Os… and blessings every day.