Day 176 – A Matter Of National Security

15 HUGS, 2 children, 13 adults (1 husband, 2 TSA employees, 10 family members)

If this post comes out sounding a little wonky it is because I have been up since 3:15 this morning. I will do my best to keep it short  understandable.

TSA employees are unbelievably chipper at 4:45 in the morning. As we dragged our children through the security at Raleigh airport I marveled at how difficult their jobs must be at times. Having to be up so early and deal with cranky people all day long. They definitely deserve hugs. Well, I didn’t know if this was allowed, so the first employee I came to I asked her. She looked at me with a glint in her eye and a smile on her face and said, “well, yeah you can hug me.” We wished each other a good day and I was feeling good about my first non family hug of the day.

I travel with Hemp milk for my 19 month old so of course that had to be inspected. The employee who inspected it brought me in to a small room with some new equipment they use to test liquids. It was actually kind of neat. I knew at this point that he was allowed to hug, so I asked him. He had a very funny look on his face when he said, “yeah, well we have to at least be out of this room first.” Oh right. Of course. He then leaned in to hug me but kept glancing over my shoulder. As I pull away he says, “that’s my boss right there, so…” Oh. I quickly wished him well and scooted out of there as quick as I could. On my way out his boss gave me a somewhat scolding look as a chuckle escaped his lips.

Great. I never thought I might get someone almost fired over my hugs. Oops. Well, I hope it gave them both something to bond over and laugh about over the course of today.

We traveled today for hubby’s grandmother’s funeral. It was a truly nice celebration of her life. We did not get to stay as long as we would have liked, but it was where we wanted to be today even if only for a brief moment.

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


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