24 HUGS, 11 children, 9 adults (1 husband, 5 neighborhood friends, 1 Smith’s Nursery Owner, 2 Smith’s Nursery Employees)
I am the hugging lady! Woo Hoo!! I made my weekly trip to Smith’s Nursery today. I needed some help because I was purchasing some plants for my front yard. The teenager working the counter let the owner know that I needed assistance. As my sons and I were waiting, we decided to have fun checking out all of the other beautiful flowers they had. I turned around when I heard someone coming. The owner was walking toward me and blurts out, “She said that someone needed me, but she didn’t say it was the hugger!” Awww…I really am getting a reputation, and I like it. Just to confirm this, as I finished paying, I let the young girl behind the counter know that no one was immune to my hugs. She realized who I was as I was walking toward her for the hug and yelled, “Oh! You’re the hugger!!” With a huge smile on her face she hugged me tight. A young teenage boy was behind her and I gave him the look and repeated, “no one is immune”. He sheepishly walked toward me and gave me the hug I wouldn’t have left without.
Today I learned that a friend recently received some tough news. As she was explaining her situation to another friend she said, “I need a Melinda hug.” That tore at my heart strings and I wished I had gotten a call yesterday. I would have been there in an instant. I wasn’t though, so I made sure I was there today. I took the opportunity to hug both her and her husband. She let me know how much she appreciated me taking the time to be there today. I mentioned all of this to my husband and his response? “You need a Bat Signal” Oh man, yes I do! My very own Hug Signal. In the meantime, I take phone and email requests.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.