I know I have tried before, but I wish I had some way of capturing the look on some people’s faces when I ask them for a hug. At Walmart today I was helped by a cashier who barely looked at me throughout our interaction. She had been talking with another employee when I walked up. Maybe she was annoyed I interrupted their conversation, maybe she was having a bad day, or maybe she was just bored. I have no way of knowing. I only know that I almost walked away without asking for a hug. It’s times like these that I often get my best hugs. This was no disappointment.
When I asked her for a hug she had that skeptical look. Almost in slow motion that skeptical look turned in to a smile. This was no ordinary smile. It was the smile of gratitude, awe and amazement. A smile that conveyed I was sent specifically to her for this. I tried looking for a picture online that captured this look but then I realized no camera could ever capture this kind of smile. It is reserved for spontaneous moments of love. Perhaps video could capture it, but even then, there is a distraction of someone else (the camera) invading the incredibly private moment. It was a rare moment with a rare smile that brought tears to my eyes when I drove away. I believe that hug was magic.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.