Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Hug From a Stranger

A complete stranger came up to me in the supermarket yesterday and gave me a hug.

I was standing in the baking aisle when two arms stretched around me from behind and hugged me.

At first I thought it was my boy, but when I turned around he was standing beside me looking bemused, whilst another little boy about his age was running off down the aisle.

I thought he had confused me for his mother, and was running away in embarrassment, but moments later I bumped into him again.

'Hello' I said

'Hello' he replied before declaring proudly - 'I am full of love!'

'Full of love?' Well sure that's the very best thing you can be full of', I said in my best Mammy voice.

'Yes' he nodded back knowingly. 

'You're a great boy' 

'And you're a great girl'

His mother then appeared apologising, explaining that he is always going around hugging random strangers. And not everyone understands. I got the impression her son's big heart had fallen on stony ground more than once in the past. 

But who wouldn't want a hug in the local supermarket on an uneventful Tuesday afternoon from a wide-eyed, beautiful little boy?

As for me? I walked home with a huge smile on my face, full of the love he had bestowed upon me. 

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