12 HUGS, 2 children, 7 adults, 1 virtual
I am not sure I will be able to convey the emotion that I felt today, but here I go. I baked perhaps 100 cookies to deliver to a local American Red Cross Disaster Relief area today. I hoped that the love I poured into baking them from scratch would be felt by those impacted by the recent tornadoes in our area. Upon entering the building I was warmly greeted by those working for and/or with the American Red Cross. They were so grateful for my cookies, they not only helped me remove them from my car, but insisted that I not carry any of them because I had already done enough.
After they were brought into the relief area, I wanted to show love to those with the Red Cross for the tremendous work they do. The first one I hugged squeezed me tight and we did not let go of each other. She shared comforting words to me and I let her know that I was not personally affected by the storm. She held me as I started to tear up and said that even if I didn’t have any physical damage to myself or my belongings that everyone in a community becomes affected. Here I was offering hugs to others and the first person I hugged understood that it was I who needed the hug today. The overwhelming rush of emotion I felt from that long meaningful hug moved me so much I couldn’t stop the flood of tears streaming from my eyes. As she so elegantly put, with a hug there is no need for words.
I was then hugged by another member of Red Cross who shared with me his own hugging challenges as he was not from a hugging family. He had to learn this craft. I loved that he understood the importance of hugging so much that he went outside of his own comfort zone to learn how. Needless to say I received 2 hugs from him.
Today I went out of my way to make others who have undergone a very traumatic experience feel loved and cherished and instead left feeling cared for and important. It’s amazing all of the different things that can be said through a hug.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.