9 HUGS, 4 children, 5 adults (1 husband, 1 neighborhood friend, 1 lady looking at Father’s Day cards, 1 Target employee, 1 BJ’s employee)
OH. MY. GOSH. I love hugs! Each day that goes by, the easier it is to ask. The easier it is to ask, the better the response I get. YES!
At Target I was poking through the Father’s Day cards along with about 5 other people. Ducking and weaving between them I was struggling to find a Great Grandfather card. A sweet older lady tried helping me, to no avail, Target didn’t have any. (what? how is that possible?) She then continued having a conversation with me. Through this journey I am learning that if someone is willing to talk, listen. They may have something important to say. I listened to her talk about hardships with her son. I then listened to her talk about losing her dog 2 weeks ago. She was tearing up slightly while explaining the story to me. After she was finished, I asked her for a hug. She thanked me saying that it is still hard. She wants another dog, but there is no room in her heart yet for one. I wished her all the best and we went on our way. Wouldn’t it be great if that hug helped create a foundation to a new room in her heart just the right size for a furry little friend.
Both the Target employee and BJ’s employee I hugged today gave me looks that I have become very accustomed to receiving. When I ask for the hug, the initial look is of skepticism. What is in it for you? What are you selling? That look transitions into, wow, I think she really just wants to hug me. When I first started, that transition took about 2 seconds. Now, it lasts a split second. Perhaps sometime in the near future that skepticism will disappear entirely? One can only hope.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.