12 HUGS, 5 children, 7 adults (1 husband, 6 neighborhood friends)
6 neighborhood friends. 6. Isn’t that amazing? I live in an incredible neighborhood and I love that as long as I am out for my walk right around the time the school bus is on its way than I can expect no less than 3 hugs in one shot. That wasn’t even my goal for this morning. My timing was just perfect.
That should put me in a great mood for the rest of the day, right? I tried. Really, I did. I tried to keep up the smile and not let life get me down. How did that work, you ask? Great once I finished off that first glass of wine this evening. (yes, there has been more than 1) Actually, that is not a fair statement. I did have another great hug moment today. I was wallowing in my own pity party at Lowe’s grocery store where I didn’t get any hugs due to the mood of both myself and the cashier. I just didn’t feel it was appropriate and assumed it wouldn’t be received well. Out in the parking lot I passed by another neighbor. The last time I saw her she let me know how much she loved my blog. Even before I knew what would happen, my alter ego (aka Debbie Downer) started thinking, “great, another missed opportunity.” After all, my hands were full with groceries and my 18 month old. She asked how I was doing and we exchanged small talk. She then asked if I had gotten any hugs in the grocery store. I told her the opportunity didn’t present itself. I thought I caught a glimmer of disappointment (or perhaps hope at her opportunity?), so I said, “But I would love one from you.” She began to quickly make her way over to me and give me a great squeeze. I had a feeling that is what she wanted. I left feeling so uplifted and, dare I say, happy.
Once I got home, life brought me down again. (I tried REALLY hard not to let it.) I began to reflect. I have been reluctant to admit it to anyone other than my immediate family and close friends, but these difficult days tend to come around once a month. Coincidence? I think not. That darn full moon can really do a number on us women.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.