Day 90 – Walking Hugs

15 HUGS, 4 children, 5 adults (1 husband, 6 neighborhood friends, 1 therapist, 2 Kroger employees)

I totally wrote my blog post before heading out for a walk tonight. It was good. I am totally going to use it another day. As it often does, life took an unexpected turn:

I felt in desperate need of a walk today, so I called my girlfriend this morning and asked if she would go with me after the kids went down. We do this often as a way to get our exercise in, but it is great for connecting as well. Over the course of the day, I got to hug another friend who exchanged babysitting duties with me, my therapist (it feels very natural now) and 2 Kroger employees. It was very nice but nothing to write home about. (or to a blog about)

THEN, I went out for a walk. Little did I know that at 9:00 at night I was going to get 5 more hugs! At the start of our walk, we encountered a neighbor whose house had burned and is nearing completion on the repairs. She was kind enough to give us a tour of her house and I am thrilled that she will be able to move her family back into their home soon. Then, at the end of our walk, we passed by 3 ladies out for a walk. We exchanged pleasantries when I heard, “Hey, you are the hugging girl!” Why, yes I am! It was dark out, so I didn’t recognize her at first, but once she said this I quickly made my way over to her. She was explaining to the other ladies that I love hugging, so I of course asked them for hugs as well. It was really hot and sticky, we were all sweaty, but if I am going to be known as the hugger, I must fulfill my obligations. Tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.

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