Hermit crabs look fierce from the front, with their armored claws and legs. But from the back, they’re soft and very vulnerable, which is why they protect themselves by living in discarded shells, old bottles, tin cans – whatever they can find – and when they feel cramped, they discard it and quickly crawl into something else.
I know people like that, and I’ll bet you do too. They adopt a gruff exterior, but they’re hiding their sensitivities and emotions, bottling them up inside their shells lest anyone see just how vulnerable they really are.
We need to help them know it’s safe to come out. It may only take a kind word. A friendly smile. A hug.
Try it: hug your hermit crab today.
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