Day 293 – Hug A Stranger

16 HUGS, 5 children, 10 adults (1 husband, 1 UPS employee, 5 employees at Brookwood Vet, 1 Veterinarian at Brookwood Vet, 2 neighborhood friends)

Today I witnessed 2 people that I just wanted to wrap my arms around. One I have seen before. She must live right around the corner from me. She is older, maybe in her 60s and she picks up the trash along the side of the road. She uses one of those long arm things so she doesn’t have to touch the trash, but she is there on a regular basis cleaning up the street. And, it’s not just in front of one house, she does an entire corner and then some. I just want to scoop her up in one big hug to say thank you so much for caring enough to clean up our streets. I was *thisclose* to doing it today, but I would have run late for Abby’s first vet appointment. Next time I see her, I will be stopping.

The second person I saw was this woman in a wheelchair waiting for her son to get off the school bus. Seeing some one with a disability especially when they have a child always makes me sad because one of my greatest fears was not being able to be there fully for my kids if my MS ever flared up. So you see, my story caused me to project a feeling on to her. I should have known better. Her son who was probably about 9 or 10, instantly climbed in to her lap as soon as he reached her. This Mom was not only able to be there to get her son off the bus, but still had a close physical connection with him at an age when most Mom’s are just praying for a quick kiss before bed. What a sweet moment to witness. I just wanted to squeeze them both to thank them for reminding me that life is what we make of it.

On a final note, thank you to the amazing people at Brookwood Vet for my fantastic hugs today. Even amidst what feels like utter chaos to me you all have the amazing ability to make me and my family feel special and well taken care of. (If you live in the Raleigh/Garner/Fuquay Varina area of NC, please check them out. They will take amazing care of your 4 legged family members. I can’t recommend them highly enough.)

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.

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