As a mother and her family are reunited, the healing begins.
Dr. Michelle Golland: Watching the amazing story unfold as the two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, returned home this morning was an emotional moment for anyone, but if you are a mom, I am sure you were grabbing for a box of Kleenex. Watching Euna Lee's daughter, 4-year-old Hannah, reunite with her mother was a moment that this family and many of us will never forget.
When a family is experiencing ongoing trauma like the Ling and Lee families have, what is important is proactive behavior to give a sense of control and hope during the darkest of times. It was apparent that since March, both of these families were doing anything and everything to secure the release of these women.
Watching Hannah stare into her mother's eyes and then quickly grab her mom in that monkey-hug hold we all know very well, I could almost feel her little legs squeezing her mom's waist. Hannah caressed her mom's ponytail in such a natural way, like she must have done hundreds of times before. The family's love and resilience was evident in each and every one of them, but Hannah's was striking to me.
The most telling moment for me was when we watched them all walk away from the podium to start their much-needed private reunion. We saw Hannah skipping away, holding her mom's hand, and swinging her hair with utter joy.
Today, may we all be thankful for our own families and squeeze our kids a little harder. Also, let's embrace joy and love above all else, and skip through life like Hannah. Don't forget to swing your hair, too!
|Dr. Golland is a USC graduate and a licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY#16974). She works with adults, teens and is an expert in the field of marriage and relationships. Dr. Golland has given her expert advice on CNN, HLN, MSNBC, ABC, and Fox news. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and wonderfully exhausting two children.|