Growing, Not Dying

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Monday, May 22, 2006

Free Hug?

Sunday morning my husband, Jim, myself and my friend Michelle donned our homemade "Free Hugs" shirts and went to the Boise Towne Square Mall to spread joy and smiles. Admittedly, I was nervous. I mean come on, you look like an idiot and you ARE going to get rejected. Deep Cleansing breaths. "It's not about me. It's about giving." And in we go.

When we walked in a guy sitting at a kiosk doing some paperwork caught my eye. He seemed nonthreating so I walked over and asked if he would like a free hug. He said, "Sure! You just made my day!" He had no idea but he just made mine! Glowing I led the pack from one unsuspecting person to the next. I noticed security notice us, but pressed forward anyway.

After wandering for a while we decided to settle in the middle of the mall. We got a lot of "no," but we also got some yes. An old lady, punk teen-agers, a yuppie couple, more mall workers, 20 somethings, and one little boy who came up and pulled on Jim's t-shirt. "Excuse me. Excuse me!" That was great.

Unfortunately, we only got about 20 minutes in before the security guy came around to let us know although he thought it was totally uncool and he disagreed, he had to ask us to leave.

Overall, it was fun and left us all feeling pretty good. Next time we think we'll hit the movie theater.