Day 111 – Unexpected Hugs and Homemade Salsa

8 HUGS, 2 children, 6 adults (1 husband, 2 neighborhood friends, 1 therapist, 2 new friends at a neighbor’s house)

My first neighborhood friend hug came from my girlfriend that was gone on vacation all last week. I am so used to seeing her on a daily basis and I missed her terribly. I couldn’t wait for the hug I was able to give her this morning. My welcome home, I missed you hug.

It’s amazing the changes in my relationships this hug blog has caused. My therapist for example. Remember how awkward that first hug was? (From my very first day! Read it here.) Now, here I am 3 months later and after a particularly difficult session, not only did I get my hug, but I was the first to let go. She held on just a little bit longer as I am sure she could sense that I needed it. Have I told you how much I love hugging?? Good for so many reasons, on so many levels.

On my way home I needed to drop something off at another neighbor’s house. As soon as her daughter opened the door I was inundated with the most amazing aroma. I gave her mom a hug as she ushered me into the house insisting that I take a jar of her homemade salsa. Ummm…ok, I will never say no to free food, especially HOMEMADE free food! Sorry the picture isn’t better, but I had already eaten half the jar by the time I took the picture. 🙂 My neighbor along with 2 of her friends were busy making numerous batches of this incredible salsa. She gave me the best introduction to her friends. She shared with them some of the things that she likes best about me along with accomplishments that she admires. Wow. Talk about an amazing boost to your morale. I shared with her and her friends about my newest hug journey and of course offered up some hugs to them. All in all, the simple stop turned into a very unexpected pleasant moment of hugs, meeting new friends, and homemade salsa.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


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