Day 36 – Smith Hug

6 HUGS, 2 children, 4 adults (1 husband, 1 new friend from the farm, 2 neighborhood friends)

Oh MAN!  I have some big things happening soon.  I have committed myself to Juan Mann’s Free Hug Campaign once a month over the next year.  (If you missed the idea, you can see it here.)  I have already contacted a mall to get the ok.  I will either take photos or video of the day and each person that hugs me will receive a sticker.  If you see someone walking around with the yellow heart, you know I am nearby. This idea terrifies and thrills me all at the same time.  If you think of a public place somewhere hugs might be welcome or needed, please let me know and I will add it to my list.

So, today I made my weekly trip to Smith’s Farm.  I had a little extra time so I took the opportunity to ask about flowers for my house and care for my blackberry bush.  The new friend that assisted me was very helpful.  Knowing I would be giving him a hug I wanted to know his name.  Lo and behold, he was a Smith (as in Smith’s Nursery and Strawberry Farm).  I felt privileged that he took the time to answer my questions as I am sure he had tons of work to tend to.  He was a little hesitant when I asked for the hug.  I sometimes think people are so jaded they will almost always wonder what’s in this for me.  I hope this wasn’t the case, but in all honesty, there is something in it for me.  A simple moment full of happiness.  I know, I am selfish.  I hope one day we can live in a world less jaded and accept people at face value.  After all, if there is something in it for them, perhaps simply accepting them for who they are will be enough.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


7 thoughts on “Day 36 – Smith Hug

  1. so I’m wondering. How is this changing you? It’s obvious that your touch, your hug is changing the lucky people…what is it doing for you? What are you learning about the world?

    • Pam, I could already write a whole book about how this has changed me. Most shockingly is the amount of confidence that I have now in all areas of my life. I no longer feel inferior to others (something I have always struggled with). I have realized the truth in that we are all the same. We all want to be loved and we all have insecurities. It makes me feel so much less alone. And, of course, I expected as much, but the world is a much more caring, forgiving, loving place than it’s given credit for. Thank you so much for asking.

      • I was hoping you’d articulate your journey that way. I think it is an incredible adventure. You’ve got me hooked anyway. I can’t wait to find out everyday what this experiment will bring to you. I find myself looking now for more opportunities to hug someone……you quite the inspiration

      • It always warms my heart when I get another message from you, Pam. I really appreciate this one. I have debated adding my own feelings and have shied away from it because I (still) struggle with my self worth. Your message has given me encouragement to do it. Of course what you are about to read tonight is going to be just a longer version of the message I sent you, but I hope you enjoy it anyway. I encourage you to share as well. Please share how my blog is impacting you in the My Stories section. And not just my blog, but anytime these new hugs change you or move you, please share. I often think of you and wonder.

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