5 HUGS, 2 children, 3 adults (1 husband, 1 Mom, 1 Stepdad)
I was kinda dreading today. The whole grocery shopping thing the day before Thanksgiving…not my thing. What was I thinking waiting until the last day? I resolved to make the experience enjoyable, and maybe, just maybe even get some hugs.
At Whole Foods I realized hugs were probably unrealistic. There was just too much chaos. So, I did the next best thing. I smiled, chatted, and most importantly, listened. I learned that the sushi chef’s name is Budi. He has 4 children and moved to Raleigh in 2005. Previously he had lived in New York, Rhode Island and Boston. His wife is from Buffalo, NY and his oldest daughter picked up a southern accent by the time she was 2 1/2. We had such a great conversation. I just wish there wasn’t such a long counter between us. We have slowly been getting to know each other over the past year or so and this was our longest conversation yet. I yearned to hug him and let him know what a pleasure it was to get to know him. We wished each other a Happy Thanksgiving and I love knowing that now he is no longer just the chef that prepares my sushi. He is my friend that happens to provide me with some of my favorite nourishment ever.
The rest of the day was wonderfully surprising. Yes, there were a few people that were a little harried and cranky, but for the most part, people were in great spirits and joy was everywhere. I am able to look back on my shopping excursions fondly and know that perhaps my fear of crowds is a thing of the past.
I finished out the day getting to squeeze my mom and stepdad who are in for the weekend. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.