Embrace. A word with such a powerful figurative connotation. Embrace life. Embrace a challenge. Literally, an embrace (also known as a hug) is just as powerful. Hugs, at times, have immeasurable power. They can break down barriers otherwise impenetrable. Growing up in an environment of countless hugs, kisses and cuddles, I knew I was loved. I knew was cared for. I knew I was important. As time went by, I made sure to hug, kiss and cuddle my own family…in hopes that someday they do the same with theirs. Yet there is another environment where hugs are hugely important…school. When I have given hugs at school, I make sure I ask my student if it is ok, and once given, a special connection is made…if only for a moment. An embrace can start and stop tears. An embrace can relieve frustration and also express pride. An embrace can be a motivator and can be celebratory. As a teacher an embrace can communicate a powerful message: I am here for you, I care for you as a human, you are not just a student to me. These meaningful moments have taught me to never underestimate the power of a hug. Next time, no matter where you are, when the moment is right and when the need is there, embrace the power of a hug. It too, can be a superpower.