22 HUGS, 5 children, 15 adults (1 husband, 2 new church friends, 2 Sunday school teachers, 7 neighbors, 1 new neighborhood friend, 1 new friend of a friend, 1 movie theater employee)
Our church (as I am sure most churches do) preaches often about love and joy. It is for this reason that I find it amazing that we all don’t hug each other more often. Those that know each other do, but what about everyone else? Isn’t there just a connection by belonging to the same church and listening to the same beautiful sermon? You would think this alone would inspire more hugs. Instead, it is similar to being outside of the church, people averting each others eyes, making a quick exit so as to avoid any contact. I should know. I was one of those people. Each Sunday I find it easier to ask for hugs at church and hopefully there will come a day when I am not the only one.
Tonight, 8 of us girls went to see the movie Bridesmaids. It was great for me because I got to hug a LOT of friends, including new friends. We shared so much laughter and joy. It reminded me of the importance of good girlfriends. Girlfriends are important for our health and most importantly sanity! A girlfriend is someone you can laugh with, cry with, get crazy with, lean on for support and just escape with (even if it is only to the back porch with a bottle or two of wine). Walking out of the theater laughing like hyenas, I noted the joyful expression on each of our faces. I know the hysterical movie had a lot to do with it, but I also know that wasn’t the only reason. We joked, we shared, we bonded, we hugged. It was perfect.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.