Give someone a hug for me
Muse #388 - wishing the world to be a better place
There is a free weekly newspaper in our area - the Burlington Post. It mostly has some city-related news with details on ongoing projects and city legislation changes, building approvals, etc. Along with it is a ton of promotional material from local stores. And often it would end up in the recycle bin without much of a read.
I started reading one section in the last few months - especially after the COVID times. It is the obituary section. It started with looking for how many people who made it there died of COVID - if stated that is. The obituaries celebrate the lives of people. Some fully lived into the ’80s, ’90s, and occasionally the 100’s. Large multi-generational family structures are left behind. And in some cases young people too. With lives cut short - by COVID sometimes, mostly otherwise.
Recently I saw someone young die. In his 40’s. But his lovely message resonated. His wish was not to spend any money or donate to any charity. His wish was something that could change the world if everyone wished this way. He wished that people gave a hug to someone around them, someone who they cared for - on his behalf.
And I did - give my wife a hug. An extra one on his behalf. Not that I needed a reason to hug her. But, all the same. How very poignant are thoughts like this?
I wish I put down and record this wish like him in writing. Steal this idea. Perhaps through this note.