Hello Dear Ones!
It’s been my hands meandering today – over poster board with glue and markers, 3″ diameter paper ladybugs and brightly coloured flowers.
Tomorrow, June 8th, 2010, Mike and I celebrate the eighth anniversary of the day I proposed to him. Yes, I did! Down on one knee, rocks and all, by our favourite river. June 8th, 2002.
In honour of the day, Mike and I shall be down at what is referred to as the Inner Harbour here in Victoria, British Columbia at 4pm …. the same approximate time that I popped the question and Mike responded with a resounding YES!
Mike and I are both dolling up these placards to say, simply, FREE HUGS. Yet they are decorated by each of us individually – so each is unique – as are we! Mike’s has a butterfly, hearts and bright colours. Mine has ladybugs and huge flowers.
We’ll be giving out free hugs to any willing participants and we certainly hope there may be a few daring souls. Should you happen to be in the neighbourhood, come join us – even if it’s just to watch two mature adults make absolute fools of themselves – enjoying and savouring every single moment of it! There’ll be ample supply of laughter, hugs, smiles and yes, even free hug certificates as giveaways.
If you’ve not yet checked out our Hugs Certificates page, take a moment to do so here. Mike and I carry a stock of these business card-sized certificates which we delightedly give out to: cashiers; people we see sharing hugs with a friend; as bookmarks in magazines and books in the stores we frequent; on the seats of buses; anywhere we happen to go and someone either gives us a reason to smile or really needs one of their own – which we happily oblige by giving them one of ours. What a joyous adventure this has become – such fun!
An exceptionally BIG thank you to Mike for this marvelous idea, for providing the materials and for the inspiration to make this a play day! A lifetime supply of HUGS, just for him and him alone …
In Light and Laughter,
BTW: we’re not the first to do this and hopefully not the last! Check out the Free Hugs Campaign that inspired us to do the same.
We had a great time, and we gave/ received over 200 hugs in 3 hours.Â Our friend Aaron came by as well and made some photographs.Â Here are a couple of the best of them (more are available here):
P.S. Be sure to check out our International Free Hugs Day 2012 and International Free Hugs Day 2011 posts!
Great iniative! Did you see the following video's I posted on the forum? Which have a similar concept:
I find it truly heartwarming what you 2 did.
Revenant – I’m still *g*i*g*g*l*i*n*g* … what an incredible gift that man gave to himself and those blessed to have been on that subway car! (the first of the two links). (The second link is of folks who inspired us to do the same …)
We had such fun giving out FREE HUGS! The gift was intended for others – yet we both received a blessing back from each and everyone we hugged. So too did those who only watched from the sidelines (with their too-shy smiles) receive a gift that day.
BTW: July 3rd, 2010 – a Saturday – is International FREE HUGS Day! I have a feeling our posters will be proudly visible once again!!!
Thanks, Revenant, for stopping by with your great comment and links!
Wonderful! I'm a fan of the Free Hug movement as well! Happy Hugging!
Thanks, and happy hugging to you as well!