15 HUGS, 7 children, 8 adults (1 husband, 1 Lowe’s Food employee, 1 Smith’s Nursery employee, 5 neighborhood friends)
Today I helped a neighbor get her son off of the school bus. I love doing it because it gives me a minute to connect with some of my neighbors that I don’t see on a regular basis. After subjecting them to my hugs, they took the opportunity to hug each other. That prompted a discussion about how my quest has affected their lives. One of them wants to hug more often in general. The other mentioned that she hugged a girlfriend the other night after we all went to a movie and didn’t know why. I think I might know. The hug movement has begun!
On a side note, thinking is completely overrated. I have noticed that when I give myself the opportunity to think about what I am doing or wondering if I should be hugging the person in front of me, I become completely nervous and have been known to chicken out. If I just go about my day and ask for a hug without thinking, it becomes a natural pattern. The more natural it feels to me, the more responsive others are to the hug. I had more of a point to this, but now I don’t remember. See, totally overrated. Here’s to an evening without thinking, more feeling and lots of hugs.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.