Day 30 – Coffee Break

14 HUGS, 5 children, 5 adults (1 husband, 4 neighborhood friends)

Today I anticipated a day full of spreading joy to new friends.  Especially after the high I was on from the number of new friends I hugged yesterday.  There were so many I even forgot to mention the gentleman at the local waste disposal site.  Well, kids often have a different idea of which direction the day should take.  Today, my youngest just wanted to sleep.  (Growth spurt perhaps?)  I felt a tinge of disappointment because I had a few new stores I was going to impose my hugs upon.  Little did I know that my children’s change of plans would lead to an impromptu coffee gathering.  No, I did not get to inflict my kindness on unsuspecting new friends.  I did instead get to enjoy the comfort of hugs from my mommy allies who could understand the chaos of an unintended change of plans.

Recently I have been reflecting on something that 3 people have brought to my attention in the past 30 days.

We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth
—Virginia Satir, family therapist

Am I growing?  If children hugs count (I say they do) then I am.  But before I had kids was I getting 12 hugs a day?  Probably not.  Probably not even close.   I don’t think I even noticed.  Yet, as soon as my children were born I couldn’t stop touching them, hugging them, holding them, kissing them. I may not have recognized my need before they were born, but boy did it come out in spades after.  I know I can be a little over the top with them, but hey, I am their mother. They will hug me because I said so.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


6 thoughts on “Day 30 – Coffee Break

  1. so glad you could write to day my site has been down for updates…i’m having withdrawal….kids hugs count….
    some of my employees have started hugging me. i kind of like it.

    • I am glad I could write too! Hopefully you are having better luck today with the blog? So happy to hear about your employees, but very curious, when did it start? Did you approach them or did it just start happening?

  2. Well, when I was young they used to say, “love makes the world go round.” So I’d say hugging is part of it. Sharing hugs online is a great way of promoting love around the world. Nice post!

    • Thank you so much, Kathleen! I am completely enamored with your blog. I have been slowly getting on the homesteading bandwagon without even knowing that there was a term for it! I look forward to learning so much from you. {{{HUGS}}}

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