17 HUGS, 6 children, 1 4-month old infant, 8 adults (1 husband, 1 Smith’s Nursery owner’s wife, 1 friend of 15 years, 5 neighborhood friends)
I love Wednesdays. I feel as though I always have a hug story coming from Smith’s Nursery. Today, after giving the owner’s wife a hug, she mentioned what an impact I must have made on her husband because he is not a hugger. My reaction? “Really?” I was shocked by this. He never hesitated when I asked for the first hug. Then, the following week, he greeted me with open arms. (Read about it here.) Not a hugger? Not towards me. She responded to my surprise by repeating again what an impact I must have made. And this is the reason for doing what I do.
I had so much opportunity today to spend with my girlfriends. This afternoon with a play date, then this evening going to watch The Help. I am glad I have taken this year of hugs to begin again the practice of hugging my girlfriends as soon as I see them. I feel that a closer bond has formed and is continuing to form. Perhaps it is the length of time that we have known each other now, but I do believe that hugs break down more barriers even faster. Talk about bonding, leaving a movie with red-rimmed eyes from all that blubbering is a GREAT way to bond. Most of us had already read the book, but they did a great job with the movie. I highly recommend it to all.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.