5 HUGS, 2 children, 3 adults (1 husband, 1 Pepsi employee, 1 Kroger employee)
It had to happen eventually, right? A gentleman working at Kroger assisted me by getting stock from the back of the store. I asked him if I could hug him and he said I didn’t have to. I said, “But, I want to, may I?” With a huge smile on his face, he politely declined. Yes, of course it hurt, but his smile was so bright I couldn’t help but think that perhaps I still made a positive impact. At least I hope so. It would have been so easy to give up and think that maybe today is just not the day for me. (Trust me, I wanted to.) This was a very gentle reminder that this is not about me and my ego. It shifted my thoughts from my own hurt to wondering what experiences he has had that caused him to decline a simple hug. Perhaps it is not that simple to him.
I am going to be frequenting this store as well as a couple others often throughout this year. I am sure I will get recognized after awhile as the crazy hugging lady. Some will go out of their way to avoid me, but I hope after time there will be many more that will go out of their way to seek me out and lavish in my hugs.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.