Every so often the chick in me makes a surprise appearance at work.
I have a younger colleague, my first hire as a manager, with whom I worked closely for a couple of years, recognizing his potential, and encouraged to pursue a position as a peer. I have a great affection for this man, and often told him You are the little brother I never wanted. He is doing really well in his new position, and I am quite proud of him.
One day last week he appeared in my office, and I assumed his task was work-related. But no, he said that he wanted only to say hello.
I had the sudden and inexplicable urge to give him a hug.