Thursday, January 21, 2016


I read today that National Hugging Day is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It was dreamt up in the US (where else?) and of course there's a website. It's easy to be cynical, especially for Brits and Japanese who shy away from public (or even private) displays of affection. And you have to laugh when it advises us that "reasonable care should be taken with those [whose] reaction to a hug is unknown". Yes, we may laugh, but hugging is good. I had a perfectly content, happy childhood, but we weren't a huggy family. I've compensated by being so with my own. And of course you can't escape it in Mexico. 

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