Monday, January 09, 2006


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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  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!

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

  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?

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

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

  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!

  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?”

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

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

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