4 HUGS, 2 children, 2 adults (1 husband, 1 neighborhood friend)
Apparently I was on a hug strike today and didn’t know it. I had numerous opportunities for hugs and totally didn’t take them. I was having a fun day with my kids, but deep down I was pretty darn cranky all day. I even passed an opportunity to hug 4 of my neighbors while they were waiting at the bus stop. That is so not like me! Get this – I didn’t even put any makeup on today…. *GASP* (I know that doesn’t have to do with hugs, but it is relevant nonetheless)
I am at this very unanticipated point in my hug journey. I am beginning to make new connections and friendships with people who don’t know about my blog. I haven’t told them because I don’t want them to feel as though my hugs were only for the blog. Now I am concerned that when they find out about the blog they will think I am untrustworthy. I am concerned they will feel violated that I may have written about them without their consent. Even though I never use names. I have a bad feeling in my gut that maybe they are right? This is uncharted territory and I don’t have rules or even guidelines to follow.
There have been moments that I think maybe I should stop sharing. Maybe I could just let my new relationships develop without worrying about what could go wrong. But then, someone helped me to remember I have chosen to share a joyful and loving experience with others through my blog and I need to accept that some people will understand this and some won’t, but it doesn’t change who I am as a person. They will either like me or they won’t. Either way I will continue to hug. (and for the next 187 days, write about it.)
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.
P.S. Thank you neighbor for dragging me out tonight and forcing me to hug you.