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Embracing the notion of a day of hugs

January 24, 2008|By Carol Cormaci

The Crescenta-Cañada YMCA’s Nancy Turney, who writes the weekly “Senior Living” column for us, reports that this past Monday was National Hugging Day.

There are a host of national days and weeks devoted to all kinds of causes. January, in fact, is also set aside for National Blood Donor Month, Financial Wellness Month, Poison Prevention Awareness Month, National Birth Defects Prevention Month, National Glaucoma Awareness Month, Thyroid Awareness Month, National Radon Action Month, Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Women’s Self-empowerment Week, National Thank Your Customers Week, Customer Service Day (that was Jan. 17, by the way — hope you enjoyed particularly good service around town last Thursday), Get To Know Your Customer Day (conveniently enough that was also Jan. 17, allowing businesspeople to kill two birds with one stone), and this week is Hunt for Happiness Week, an elusive goal for some, but worth any efforts put forth.

There may well be more than the aforementioned; I stopped after looking at three websites devoted to listing such things. All days and weeks given over to concentrating on improving the human condition by raising awareness are to be lauded, but I have to say I’m rather smitten by the thought of a National Hugging Day. Until Turney mentioned it in her column I had no idea it existed.

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My husband once heard it said that for general well-being a couple should share at least 12 hugs a day. I don’t think he made it up, but regardless, it’s been to my benefit that he embraced the idea. The only hitch is that he’s on the go from before the dawn breaks until he collapses, completely exhausted, at the end of the day. So when we do meet up, he insists 12 hugs be smushed together into one long event with a dozen major squeezes. I am not kidding you. He literally counts them out loud: “1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12!” before he releases me.

OK, we’re both a little odd. But late next month, which has its own list of special events — not the least of which is Groundhog Day — Gil and I will celebrate 30 years of marriage. I’m rather proud of that fact and attribute it to a patch of good luck that brought us together, plus patience, perseverance and plenty of hugs.

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