The Hug!

We had a visitor for lunch today. She is very special to me as are her husband and two delightful children. While the husband is not demonstrative, the three others share hugs with me whenever we meet and today was no exception. Before she left, I was given a hug and I started reminiscing about this phenomenon and what a grand way it is to express love for someone.

On those mornings when our paths cross, by which I mean, that I am not already on my newspaper reading and crossword puzzle solving mode, Ranjan always greets me with a bear hug and a cheery good morning. That sets the tone for the rest of the day and on some days when I am on my recliner, I am surprised by Manjiree with a hug and a kiss on my bald top. She usually does this quietly and sneaks up from behind while I am reading something. The surprise is very welcome indeed.

A coupe of others too sneak up from behind when I am reading and play “guess who” by covering my eyes and that too is a very pleasant interlude to otherwise placid times.  One, recently did that and I simply could not guess because,  she was based in a city in another state and I was not expecting her to come to Pune at all.  It was another instance of an event that I will always cherish.

There are others who give me hugs, particularly family members and some young friends who visit Rajan and Manjiree who are fond of me. I always enjoy these hugs.

Reminiscing about the phenomenon of hugs, I remembered this rather old clip and with some difficulty was able to locate it in YouTube. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did when I first saw it many years ago and again earlier today when I found it.

10 thoughts on “The Hug!”

  1. I love hugs. On a day I don’t have them I feel lonelier. On a day when I’m out I hug all I know. I love particularly the hugs from a special relative who after she hugs me and heads for her car, comes racing back to give me another one. It makes me want to cry.
    I’ve only done that a few times for very special people.
    Daughter hugs me a lot too. Long hugs.

  2. Fortunately, hugs abound in my family—we all do it! You are right, hugs are a wonderful way to communicate love. For those who have not been brought up to give or receive hugs, beautiful words will suffice, provided they are given in love.

  3. I hugged and was hugged by a little waitress just this morning whom I hadn’t seen in a year! it was wonderful. she only works two days a week.
    I agree. it’s a spontaneous and wonderful way to greet people. but my sister in law hated hugs. she stiffened and endured them when people hugged her. I knew not to do it. my brother is not a hugger either. he hasn’t hugged me in years. and I mean YEARS! and yet we’re family and very close. go figure!
    he hugs others though. he’s a lot like our dad.
    the little film was simply beautiful Rummy. thank you!

    1. I rarely step out of my home nowadays but, the last time that I did, I went to a restaurant near our home about which I had written a blog post with some friends. One of the partners who was on duty that day, came out from behind the counter and gave me a bear hug much to the amazement of my friends as well as other guests at the tables there. It was one of the most cherished moments of my life for one of the friends that I was with asked, if I was in any way connected to the owners! Some hug and some don’t and I can live with both types quite comfortably.

  4. most of my family are not “huggers” my sister can’t understand the significance of it, and stiffens if she gets a whiff of it.

    over this last month, I hugged a number of people I came in contact with including Alex – not because it was romantic but because he gave me his time, explained much about his hiking and mountain climbing and gave me some tips to help me if I desired to walk on trails or similar.

    I had the chance to try out one Nordic walking pole…it made a heap of difference, although I could have done with a pair. And I’m considering buying some to use on other trips…
    Catherine de Seton recently posted..analysing cost/s…

    1. I have used the Nordic walking poles and can vouch for their efficacy. You however walk about mostly in urban situations where they may not be as effective as they would be say on country roads / paths.

  5. I am going to use the poles when away in the wilderness on trails which are usually on Earth tracks

  6. I enjoy hugs, both giving and receiving, but it is important to have some sense of how any recipients might feel, even asking, before entering someone’s personal space. This has always been true, but is especially so now.

    I surely wish WordPress would get around to automatically filling in my personal details here and some of their other blogs I visit but not all, as they once did, so I don’t have to keep typing them in with every comment. Is becoming discouraging commenting on such blogs but I’ll keep reading them.

    1. Oh, yes indeed. Just look at the mess that Jo Biden has landed himself in! And the autofill is bugging quite a lot of people but, one of those things that we have to get used to I suppose.

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