7 HUGS, 2 children, 5 adults (1 husband, 3 new church friends, 1 Reverend at Unity Church of the Triangle)
Driving into church, I realized that I had made the effort to hug the Minister before he left for his 2 month sabbatical but I still had yet to hug the Associate Minister. I resolved to do that today. Normally, after the children have been blessed by the congregation, I bring them to their respective youth programs. During this time is when the greetings take place and I always miss out on a great opportunity to hug people. Today was slightly different. Typically, the minister just asks us to greet each other. Today, she asked us to hug each other. What a world of difference that made now that people were given “permission” to hug one another. That was the most hugs I have ever seen take place in the church. The love and warmth in the air was palpable. Normally, I get passed by as I am on a mission to head to the youth programs. Today, I was stopped and even if they couldn’t hug me because of the toddler in my arms, I at least got pats on the arm and back which I totally count as hugs. I knew that is what they meant to do.
Unexpectedly, on my way to the youth programs, the Associate Minister, Jennifer, had stopped me even though I have never met her. She hugged my 4 year old and I took that opportunity to hug her as well. Good thing, because if I had waited until after the service it would never have happened. I ended up leaving early because once I got to the youth programs, I noticed that my toddler seemed a little warm. He had not been acting himself, so after about 10 minutes, I decided we should just leave. If he was sick, I didn’t want to infect the other kids. I was a little disappointed in having to leave early because there was a great energy within the congregation, but I did already get some pretty great hugs including one I had resolved to get. And, I don’t know about you, but that desperate lock a sick child puts around your neck that says, I need you, I love you, you are the only one that can make me well, is pretty powerful and always leaves me breathless and more in love with them than I think my heart can handle.
By the way, he is totally not sick. I’m not really sure what that was all about, but as always, the day played out exactly as it was meant to.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.