6 HUGS, 3 children, 3 adults
Over the weekend, my 4 year old and I were out for a walk and passed by our neighbors who had family visiting from out of town. I gave my neighbor a hug but simply said hi to the visiting family and her husband. I was kind of in a funk and thought they would be able to notice my mood. I convinced myself that I didn’t want to subject them to that. When in reality, that was simply an excuse to not hug someone when the mood didn’t strike me.
Today my neighbor let me know that she explained my blog to her family while they were here. One of them questioned why I was doing it and her husband questioned why I didn’t hug them. I spent the day reflecting on these questions and determined that I made a mistake. If I had taken the time that day to see beyond my mood, I would have realized that by hugging these family members I had the potential to lift my mood, spread joy to them, and potentially answered why I do this with just a hug. No words necessary. Some days are harder than others, but I looked forward to the days when I hug first, think later rather than the other way around.
On a side note, for those of you following since day 1, I had a therapy again today. Not so awkward this time. I gave her a big genuine hug and hope she understands it was because of how much I appreciate her.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.