Sara and Beth
Wednesday, October 13 1:00-2:00 pm (central time)
Adams St. bridge (West of Wacker), Chicago
We thought it would rain, it POURED in the morning. Beth did buy us an umbrella just in case, and to contribute to any future need for “all-weather hugging.” Something we have yet to endure, rain and hugging. The sun came out did come out, as it has for every hug so far. So I called in the order of balloons to Rosa, and introduced her to Beth. As usual with Rosa, smiles all around. Smells divine. Then Beth and I some back to my work to change, gather the sign, camera, phone, keys, balloons, and head out. Both of us all in red, just walking down the street with our sign and balloons. A little parade, I think; this is a ritual, and I am indoctrinating a new member. How fun! Beth asks me great questions about the hug, like what do we say when people approach us, if we talk while we are hugging, if we look at people. I start to get excited as I answer her, and she says she feels a bit nervous, mostly excited. Aurora is in San Diego today, hugging her mother, at the same time we hug in Chicago. We suppose we will shift the planet, at least a little bit 😉
It feels so fresh today! I am so excited to hug! As we start, I feel Beths face buried in my shoulder. Her face and her belly is warm. We lean slightly on the railing of the bridge. We feel the vibrations as the buses cross, the big trucks. It moves so much, it makes us laugh. I watch people cross the bridge. They have to move around us, and I watch the people watching us, and I smile at people that catch my eye. Many smiles are returned. Beth is facing the sign, so she reports when people stop or pick up the flyers, or turn around to look again. Her voice is filled with the delight of it all.
The hugging feels really, really good. Two girls pass us, and go all the way across the bridge as they read our flyer, hug each other, then come back to hug us. They take our picture. They are so sweet and encouraging! I see a man stop about 20 feet from us and start to draw us. I tell Beth. She giggles. A group of people stop to watch him drawing. They look at us again. They probably wonder if we are connected somehow. We are now! Our hugging brings us more friends and fans every time we do it. I also notice other people hugging more. Just the other night I was riding home on a small side street in near Ravenswood. I could see from two blocks away two people in the middle of the street. As I approached, they started to hug, and the man was facing me, and he smiled. For me it was like a sign. Beth told me it was the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. We are simply sharing the pattern of hugging, and it keeps showing up in our lives now, how magical! I feel invigorated, and Beth says she feels it too. I hope she comes and hugs with us again. ❤