14 HUGS, 4 children, 9 adults (1 husband, 1 neighborhood friend, 2 waste disposal employees, 1 SPCA employee, 1 elderly couple, 2 Kroger employees)
I have 4(!) stories for you today, so I will try to keep them short.
1. Upon arriving at the waste disposal site today, I noticed an employee that I have hugged in the past. He seems very quiet and never seemed overly enthusiastic about my hugs. After I got rid of all my garbage, I asked an employee I have never seen before for a hug. Behind him was the guy that I have hugged in the past. (He had been over at the recycling center when I first arrived.) I smiled at him and said, “you made your way over here for a hug didn’t you?” He merely laughed. That laughter says it all my friend.
2. My 4 year old and I were at the SPCA today for storytelling. My son approached the employee for a hug when it was over. After he hugged her, I asked for one as well. She seemed very surprised (I guess parents don’t ask for hugs as often as the children). We then carried on a conversation for about 5 more minutes including her going out of her way to be sure I knew the details of which pets we could visit and where they were in the building. Ooooo…I never thought of using hugs to get perks. 😉
3. After the SPCA, my son and I went on a date to Wendy’s. As we were eating we were approached by an elderly man who let me know numerous times how cute my son is. The gentleman even gave him a quarter (I guess for being so cute?). He let me know that he has been married for 62 years!! After we were finished eating, I walked up to his wife and congratulated her on 62 years of marriage. She thanked me and I asked her for a hug. A huge smile lit up her face and she even attempted to stand up for the hug (not a quick feat at her age). I then thanked the gentleman again and gave him a hug as well. 62 years, I can only hope to be as lucky as them.
4. At Kroger, there is generally always a cashier and a bagger. The bagger was a young girl and I asked her for a hug. Well, she certainly gave me a reaction I have never received before and honestly didn’t know what to do with. She threw her hands down to her sides, cocked her head to the side and said, “go ahead”. What? I told her I didn’t need to hug her and she responded, “no, go ahead”. Well, I must say it was the most half hearted hug I have ever given, but I was very confused. I hope that she appreciated my gesture and felt the love through my confusion. She DID have a smile on her face, so I guess it was good. I then turned to the cashier and nervously asked for a hug. She happily hugged me and her joy was very apparent. Thank goodness because I STILL don’t know what to think about the bagger.
Days like today fill me with such joy. I love hugging new friends and getting the opportunity to share that with you. Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.