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Monday, January 09, 2006

Hugs

I seem to be really into reaching out via this blog. This is my third post of the day. That’s OK—I no longer feel melancholic and that is good.

As I was reading Natalia’s
blog post, Touch Me, Dammit!, I remembered a story that I want to share:

Several years ago I did a sermon in which I mentioned that we need a minimum of 20 hugs a day to maintain our mental health. As people exited the sanctuary, a couple intentionally hugged me.

Then Timmy, a 9-year-old boy who was fighting for his life due to a brain tumor, asked me, “How many hugs have you gotten today?”

I replied, “Two.”

He hugged me, backed off a bit, and hugged me again. He counted, “One, two … seventeen, eighteen.”

“There,” he said, “you have your twenty hugs!”

As I smiled and started to thank him, he came up and hugged me two more times.

“Now,” he said, “I have my twenty hugs, too.”

There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part.

A hug's a way to share the joy
And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you 'cause you're you.

Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbour,
Or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing -
It's just the perfect way
To show the love we're feeling
But can't find the words to say.

It's funny how a little hug
Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and language,
It's always understood.

And hugs don't need new equipment,
Special batteries or parts -
Just open up your arms
And open up your hearts.

Jill Wolf






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12 comments:

  1. I came here looking for jokes and found your story about the hugs. Wow! Thanks. I realize that one of the reasons I’ve felt rather low today is that I’ve had no hugs! I think I’ll go back out and ask for a couple—or, maybe even twenty!

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  2. You seem to be doing much better! Good story about hugs—neat poem. Thanks!

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  3. I’m glad to see you are talking about hugs! Means you’re doing better? I wonder if the need for 20 hugs is what got you down?

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  4. Hugs are a wonderous thing...
    Big cyber hug coming your way

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  5. Great hug story, that sounds like something my grands would do. ec

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  6. Azsonofagun: I see, Rex, from your comment in the jokes post that you found the jokes. Here’s a hug: ((Rex)). Now remember: you need 19 more, so go out and get them!

    Kylz: I like the poem, too. Please visit the link to her site, since I posted the poem without asking permission.

    Mike: Yes, thank you, I am in a much happier mode than I have been. I think it comes from reaching out to others.

    Mike in Tucson: Come to think about it, it had been a while since I had a hug. That may have had something to do with the sadness I was feeling. But since I have never figured out its source, I really can’t say. All I know is that I feel cheery and am in high spirits.

    Crazynik: Thanks for the cyber hug! Here’s one back: ((Crazynik)).

    Milkmaid: ((Milkmaid))

    Mreddie: Your grands must be neat kids!

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  7. I left you a hug, but you deserve a 100 more!

    I have been thinking about what you said about blogging and am considering starting one. I’ll let you know if and when I do and maybe you would link to it in your “Good Blogs?”

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  8. Abby: Thank you: I can use a lot of hugs! Let me know when you start your blog.

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  9. sweet. now I'm going to have to run around hugging random people all day.

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  10. Song: Hey! Thanks a good idea. I think I’ll spend the day hugging random people, too.

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