My Experiment with Free Hug Friday
--by MakeSomeoneSmile, posted Aug 31, 2010
My scheduled day of kindness this week is tomorrow (yes, I’m still doing it each week, just haven’t written about them all!) but I was not sure what I would do. While catching up on some of the stories here today, I decided I will make it Free Hug Friday! My catch phrase tomorrow any time I see someone a little down or frustrated is to say to them “Looks like someone could use a hug!” and then let them have it!
I’ll certainly have to be a little careful so I don’t scare some of the people inmy office. Most of them think I am a little off anyway, so they will just add this to the list of strange things they’ve seen me do. I have noticed how much a touch or hug can mean to people, even if they don’t realize it at the time so I’m going to do my part to help! I love the many FREE HUGS videos I have watched too so I might as well join in for a moment!
Well, Free Hug Friday was certainly interesting! I sent off some cyber hugs first to start things off. I always love doing that to those close to me. Then it was off to deliver the in-person hugs!
The first went to one of my daughter's friends who stayed the day with her.She laughed and smiled. The second was at work. The woman smiled and called me “one of a kind.” The third person literally ran from me. I laughed as they scampered off, shaking their head as they went. Number four wasn't real comfortable, so I just gave her a half side hug. She smiled but I could tell felt strange. Number five was an older gentleman, who smiled and thought I was crazy. The sixth person was a neighbor, who was over and had dinner with us. I gave her a big hug for helping clean up. She smiled and said it was no big deal. Mrs. MSS and the little MSS’s got theirs too, but they always do and all love them so!
It was fun. Even if everyone had rejected my hugs, it was still great seeing their reactions. I know every one of the hugs made someone’s day just a little brighter. The thought was what mattered. It made me smile too and I’m sure I’ll try it again some time!