5 HUGS, 2 children, 3 adults
I had a great idea this morning to head to one of the shelters for displaced victims of the recent tornadoes to donate some money and give hugs. What a great way to spread the love! The closest shelter I found was a high school nearby. I assumed the school would be closed so they could house the families. However, there were an awful lot of young teenagers for it to just be for the families. I timidly walked up to a large group and asked about the victims. They looked at me like I was crazy (of course). Finally one helped me out and shared that they were only there over the weekend. I thanked him and thought briefly about the many hugs I could give in this crowd and I totally WIMPED out!! So, I quickly turned and left and have regretted it ever since. I might have been jeered and laughed at, but who cares? This isn’t about me and I bet that most of those kids would have relished in the attention. I hope I get an opportunity to be challenged like this again soon but more importantly I hope I accept the challenge.
At least I did get 2 good hugs from new friends (that’s what they are to me, new friends not strangers). One was from a big burly dude at the nearby garbage facility. He wasn’t anyone I had ever seen before. He had a thick beard and a stub of a cigar hanging out of his mouth. I thought, no, I can’t do this. I don’t even like cigars. Well that was just silly, I wasn’t going to be smoking it, just giving the man who was, a hug. I walked over and asked if I could give him a hug. He quickly yanked the cigar out of his mouth and said yes. He squeezed me in one of those great big bear hugs that included one of those quick ‘I’m putting a lot of effort into this’ grunts. You know the ones. Where the person giving the hug obviously means it. He then said to me, “You just made my day.” No sir, you just made mine. I love this project.
Please accept this blog post as my virtual hug to you.