“Mom, that’s cool!”
“Is this a political statement?”
Aurora answered yes, but later said she was surprised by the question and wasn’t prepared to answer it. I still think the HUG is a pacifist statement rather than an activist one, but still wonder if this puts it into a category of “political”. I think of it as a social encouragement.
A posse of my coworkers came for the beginning of the hug, and joined us for a minute of group hugging. Our friend Adam came and circled us for a bit, hugging parts of us, he hugged my little finger and the string of our balloons, Aurora’s leg. A group of boys on skateboards gathered and watched us for a while, they had some conversation with each other but never approached us. A tour group came by and talked about the fountain sculpture, but the tour guide didn’t acknowledge us, but I bet there are pictures of us in those tourist photos. A man video taped us for a bit, and then sat and watched. He thanked us when he left.
Our sign was on Michigan Avenue and we were in the park in front of the fountain. This separation gave us more quiet time together, to just breathe, notice our selves, our feelings, our surroundings. It seemed slower, like time had stopped and we were allowed to witness.