Wednesday Vignettes – hugs

You know what I miss the most about life in this pandemic? It sounds silly, but I’m a hugger. I miss hugs. I miss friends’ hugs, I miss happiness hugs, I miss supportive hugs, I miss consoling hugs, I miss celebratory hugs, and I miss hugging those I love. Sure, I can hug my people at home – and trust me, I do – but I can’t hug those I’m distancing from. Feeling kind of done with it, frankly.

A hug can mean so many things, and right now, I think we all need some hugs – of one sort or another. It can hold you up when you’re down, it can transmit energy and joy, it can imbue strength and determination, and it can share pain and loss and soften angst, anger, and despair. With everything going on, I’d be surprised if we couldn’t all benefit from a sincerely given squeeze or two.

And that’s my silly little vignette this week. I just want to say that you’re missed. Today’s words on the Countdown Calendar (48 days left, by the way) are CREATIVITY and EQUALITY. Let’s think of really creative ways to lift each other up in the weeks, months, and years to come. With everything going on; floods, fires, death and disease, loss of jobs, shelter, and material things, so many of us have more misery on our plate than anyone should have to bear alone. I wish I could say virtual hugs do the trick, but really – they don’t. Hang in there, good people, and promise to do at least one thing every day that makes you smile. Consider yourselves hugged from afar – whatever kind you need.

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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20 Responses to Wednesday Vignettes – hugs

  1. Pauline says:

    Oh yes, I do so agree! My children and grandchildren live quite a distance away, They face time me a lot, but as you say, a virtual hug isn’t the same somehow, so I miss their hugs very much and now that I’m on my own I have no one to hug here.
    A virtual hug is on its way to you!

  2. Many of us identify with this

  3. brennie says:

    So very true
    Big hugs to you

  4. Yes Anna, you are so right on. I miss your loving hugs, my grandkids hugs-you name it. Life is so much empty-but I love your bloggs, and of course you

  5. Tina says:

    “Feeling done with it”–yes! I certainly sympathize with you. I’m a bit of a loner and even I’ve found this time challenging. All I can do is send you a virtual hug! I’ve been thinking a lot about you folks in Oregon, since I have such fond memories and a warm place in my heart for that lovely state. Hang in there…

    • annamadeit says:

      I can be a bit of a loner too, or more so, I don’t mind being on my own. Yes, more than ever – I think – folks up here need some healing. Luckily we’ve been spared from actual fire. Just a LOT of smoke. Sending a hug right back to you, Tina!

  6. My parents are hundreds of miles away, up in Spokane. I’ve fantasized about visiting, especially in these last couple of months while it would still be easy to drive up and do so, before the weather turns. But it would be so strange to visit them and not be able to hug them…

    My WV:

  7. krispeterson100 says:

    Yes, texts, phone calls, and Zoom interactions just don’t do the job! The terrible air quality that’s keeping many of us inside when being outside in the garden was our main stress-reliever is crushing on top of the crap that we all already have on our plates. I woke at 5am this morning smelling smoke, apparently wafting through the window my husband left slightly open overnight, which was certainly no way to start the day.

    (((HUGS))) back to you, Anna.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Kris! And yes, it’s cruel to have that taken away too. We had a family dance party the other night. I think we need to have a family RAIN dance party next. Hugs to you too – hang in there!

  8. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Virtual hugs to you from Australia, Anna. I’m sorry you all have to bear so much over there in the US. Those terrible fires must be pretty much the last straw on top of everything else.

  9. hb says:

    Beautiful…Chrysanthemums? I love the shaggy form.

    I grew up in a very non-hugging (like, never) family, so I’m far more comfortable with the long-distance kind. A virtual to you! We’ll get through this.

  10. Thanks for the virtual hug – I needed it!

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