8 HUGS, 2 children, 1 10-week old, 6 adults (1 husband, 1 gas station attendant, 1 person talking with the gas station attendant, 1 long time friend, 1 Korean restaurant waitress, 1 Walgreens employee)
As you may know from previous posts, I love it when life steers me in a different direction than the one I intended. I was on my way to my girlfriends house today (without kids!) and needed to fill up my car. I was going to be passing by my “regular” gas station so figured I would fill up there. On the way I made a last minute impulse decision to stop at a different one. Not only did I have that impulse, but knowing I had no children in the car to worry about, I wanted to get a soda just because I could. I didn’t have to worry about toting the children in with me. The gas station attendant was busy talking with another person when I got to the counter. I asked them both for a hug. Their responses were “huh? Excuse me?” So, I walked up to one of them and put my arms out. I gave each of them one of my stickers before leaving and wished them a great day. Leaving, I marveled at the hugs that may not have been.
My girlfriend treated me to Korean food tonight. I had never had it and am a lover of ALL foods, so I was very excited. Opening myself up to hugs and this blog has given me courage to want to try new experiences every day. Not only was I going to experiment with new food, but I was anxious to hug someone from another nationality as I don’t know much about their culture. Would I offend them, would it be welcome? There was only one way to find out. I greedily scarfed down the delicious food and even ventured to eat the WHOLE fish set before me. (Fish eyes are definitely delicious if I do say so myself.) As we were leaving, I asked the waitress for a hug. Her eyes lit up as she exclaimed, “Oh that is so sweet!” New experiences can lead to wonderful evenings.
Tonight, I did get the first hug that made me think my motives were perceived incorrectly. He was a lovely young man at Walgreens. I think he found me to be overly friendly and liked it. See what happens when the kids aren’t around as a buffer? Well, he certainly made me feel young and hot again. That can’t be a bad thing, right?