True story! The other day I was sitting on the beach in my little sand chair watching beach walkers and two young men walked down the beach sporting identical t-shirts that said “Free Hugs”. Now these kids didn’t look like the sort of young people who’d welcome a stranger walking up to them and asking them to hug, but they were wearing the shirts! Shouldn’t that mean something?
I felt a little miffed. It wasn’t that I really wanted or needed a hug, although who can honestly say they don’t need a hug most of the time? I think I felt badly about seeing those kids in their brightly colored t-shirts because I guessed they were just being cutesy. They didn’t really mean anything by wearing those shirts. I just knew that there have been people who have gone out en masse sharing simple hugs and I wanted those two Justin Bieber styled kids to be the kind of people who understood that hugs were awesome.
Then I saw another t-shirt…it said “Zombie Killer”. I decided to stop reading t-shirts.
PS, if you need a hug, let me know! 🙂