Virus Free Hug
--by cyctw, posted Aug 30, 2021
She told me that her brother passed away today. She told me about their troubled relationship, she hadn't seen or spoken to him in many, many years. But she also spoke how there was comfort in knowing that he was on this Earth; now that was gone. I just listened.
And then I said, "if it'd help, and you want, I'll give you a hug." She smiled and said, "Did you test negative?" What followed was a wonderful and tender embrace. I just held her as she cried. It seemed like forever. And then when we separated I told her what a dear friend had told me about hugging. If you hug with the left arm over, right arm under, and head on the left, you get a heart-to-heart hug! She really liked that <3.
After sharing a hug with a young unhoused man i used to intentionally seek out other folks on the streets offering hugs. One woman whispered in my ear "thank you, i ain't been touched in 20 years"
May we never forget the power of a hug. ♡
More than anything, during this pandemic, i miss real hugs.
Virtual hugs from ny heart to yours.
Good that you all tested negative and here is a big hug to you.
Having a gentle soul is a fine quality in any human.
This is it. This is real. This is nice. A hug awaits you.