9 HUGS, 4 children, 3 adults (1 husband, 2 neighborhood friends)
My first hug of the day was around 1:00 AM. I was woken up by my husband letting me know that one of the neighbor’s children would be sleeping over so his parents could bring their other child to the ER. (he has croup, but is ok!) I jumped out of bed and raced downstairs waiting to welcome him in to our home. I hugged his mom and wished her the best. Since settling down here in NC with no family around, all of us neighbors have come to rely heavily on each other. It helps us to not feel so alone. This wasn’t the first time an arrangement like this has been made and won’t be the last.
Later in the day, another neighbor came by with her son that I agreed to watch so that she could work on taking care of her elderly father. She receives my hugs on a daily basis and I wanted her to know that today’s hug was not just for a blog, not just for her friendship, but also to let her know that she is not alone. I wanted to be sure she understood that it was a hug saying, I am here for you, I feel for you and I love you. I am not sure that she felt all of those things, but this was the first time I have heard her say thank you after giving her a hug.
These kind of hugs don’t have to take place in person. My mom gave me a very warm, caring, lengthy hug over the phone tonight. Goodbye loneliness, you have no power over us huggers.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.