2 New Hugs (New Friend, Neighbor’s Husband)
A new follower of mine sent me this link to his latest post. The post was largely around my hugging project and his thoughts on it. It’s awesome because he gives a great male perspective on hugs. The thing that I loved about it was that it was another reminder for me that I always have the potential to learn and grow more as an individual and a hugger.
I learned what hugs mean from a guys perspective. I have certainly been much more hesitant to hug men than women because of the potential for a sexual connotation. This has been especially true with my friend’s husbands. I never wanted to cause tension between myself and my friends or cause friction in their relationships. Because of this I remained very careful about who and when I hugged. Josh helped open my eyes to the fact that this probably wasn’t necessary. And, I should have known. I heard all too often about husbands that felt “gipped” when I didn’t hug them.
Josh, your message couldn’t have come at a better time. Yesterday I saw one of those husbands. He did not get away from me without a hug this time. Thank you for reminding me that hugs help everyone feel inclusive in humanity, male and female alike.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.