Our pastor is being relocated to a different church in June and we've known for two months or so, but hadn't talked much about it. We were eating dinner and I mentioned that I wanted to get Jesse dedicated before our current pastor leaves. Eli jumped right in and asked what we were talking about. Tim and I explained that our pastor was leaving but not until after Eli's birthday.
"That makes me almost start to cry." And indeed his eyes were welling up.
"You can see him on Sunday and give him a hug and tell him you'll miss him." It hadn't occurred to me that our kids are getting big enough that these kinds of changes have an impact on them too. I was really only thinking of Tim and me.
"Okay. I'll give him a big daddy hug." (Apparently a "daddy hug" is a really big hug.)
At church on Sunday we made sure he had a chance to hug the pastor and both Eli and Noah gave him big hugs. Our pastor was touched and surprised. Our church is very friendly, but not necessarily a "huggy" church. By the time we were leaving our pastor had tears in his eyes too.