13 HUGS, 2 children, 10 adults (7 neighborhood friends, 3 New neighborhood friends)
I have been anticipating our neighborhood picnic for about a month now. I kept thinking about whether or not I would bring my FREE HUGS sign, whether or not I would try to take a picture of a group hug as well as a few other ideas. All of a sudden, it was picnic day. I still had no plan in place and wondered what I would do. Turns out, I just really wanted to get to know my neighbors. I didn’t want to feel like there was an agenda (even if that agenda was just to spread joy). So, there was no FREE HUGS sign, no group shot, just simple I am glad you are my neighbor hugs. Most of the people I hugged were people I am already friends with, but not all. One of the 3 that I consider a new neighborhood friend is the chairperson for the pool committee. We don’t know each other well, but she does know me as the hugging lady. One was someone I used to see often last year at the pool and I always enjoyed her company, but this was the first time I saw her this year. The final one is someone who recently had a baby. She lives on my road, but we have never formally been introduced so AFTER my hug, I introduced myself. I realize that was a little backward, but oh well. I left feeling like I disappointed myself in the hug department, but now, writing about it, I realize it was far from a disappointment. I hugged, I felt joy, I shared joy. I would say it was more like a huge success!
On a side note that really has nothing to do with hugs, I finally got around to cleaning out the dryer vent because I often see a bird flying in there trying to stick twigs in. I was concerned she was building a nest, but didn’t really think it was possible. Boy, was I ever wrong. There was even an egg to prove how wrong I was. Now I have a very distraught 4 year old concerned about the egg I removed from its nest. Never mind the fact that the amount of twigs that were in our dryer should have caused a massive fire. I am thanking my guardian angels tonight. (The twigs were stuffed all the way down the hose to the actual dryer!)
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.