Wonder I do, I have to…. Why is it so easy for me to talk to people?
After taking the time to collect my truck and drive halfway home, I decide to stop at a local store to pick up ice , juice and veggies.
I stop by the register and greet the young lady at the register.
I compliment her hair and she smiles. I mention that she looked like she was able to spend time in the sun and she happily told me that she and her fiancé joined a few couples at the beach.
Beautiful smile and such nice energy, I thought to myself. I paid my tab and simply said ” don’t work too hard”
Her eyes watered as she looked at me intently then replied ” I’m here, I have thirty minutes left” She managed to get out before crying.
I froze still just watching with a broken heart before she said a few more words, that ended up feeling like a punch to my chest. She added ” my mother died two weeks ago, and she said not to cry and just move on with my life” I walked closer as she continued ” I didn’t want to cry but my mom loved my hair”
She hugged me, sobbing on my shoulder as I held my groceries in my hand.
I started to reach for words of advice and attempt to console but I opted to just stand there and wait.
She eventually pulled away slowly and started to apologize when I said
” did you know?”
She gazed in slight confusion
So I started again ” did you know that a hug is great medicine for healing ?” ” I feel much better now, because you hugged me”
I continued ” I was having such a bad few weeks and attempting to find a reason or purpose for my being and just now I remembered “
" I have power in my hugs and even though my hands were occupied and you did the actual hugging I indeed felt my power restored"
She laughed at my silly idea that was more true than the dramatic performance gave way to.
I placed my groceries down and extended my arms to gently hug her again and offered to stay until her shift was over but she assured me she was just fine.
So was I ,
I am just fine