Day 23 – The Hugging Movement

12 HUGS, 7 children (they are just so darn huggable), 3 adults (1 husband, 2 neighbors)

Today as I was waiting in line at McDonald’s to get a hamburger for a friend’s dog’s birthday (birthday treat), I saw this bumper sticker on the car in front of me.  The small print reads, What goes around, comes around.  I really feel that there is a shift towards kindness that is happening all around us.  I wanted to get out and give her a hug, and I would have if those darn McDonald’s lines didn’t move so fast.  Probably for the best, I think I freaked her out by taking pictures of her car.  If that was your car and you ever read this, I am soooo sorry about that, I just liked your bumper sticker.

A few days ago I stumbled across a blog post by https://spiritofyolo.wordpress.com entitled Hug it Forward.  Turns out this is a whole movement!  Through the website, www.hugitforward.com you can track hugs worldwide and for each hug, $1 gets donated to the Hug it Forward foundation.  Bottle schools are being built with these funds in Guatemala.  You can read all about it on their website.  As a matter of fact, if you are checking out their website, please say that you were hugged by me!  My user name is Capponi002 and enter your zip code.  I have already registered my hug from SpiritofYolo!  I love this idea for fundraising and will most likely do something similar in this next year.  I will keep you posted!

On a final note, I think my family is really getting into my blog.  My 4 year old takes every opportunity he can to squeeze me as hard as he can giving me his “best hug yet”. (His words.)  My 1 year old runs to me periodically throughout the day with awesome squeezes for such a little man.  Tonight, just as I was getting ready to write this blog my husband looked at me and told me he knew what I could call this post.  “Surprise hug,” he said.  I gave him a knowing smile and took the bait, “Why?” I asked.  No sooner had the words come out of my mouth and he was lunging at me into a full on bear hug.  This hug thing really is catching on.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.

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