Just … Hugs

This morning, I posted about the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.  Just an hour before that post was published, there was another mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, just about 20 miles from my own home.  Anything I would write today would not be not be pretty.  And so, I leave you with just one two huggy thoughts …





48 thoughts on “Just … Hugs

  1. Beautiful post Jill. You already know that I’m thinking of you, here in NZ. You, and I think about the US. I’m bewildered. I’ve only spent a wee bit of time in LA, three times. People there were very friendly, generous and kind and that’s how I think of Americans. So it makes me sad. Another hug to help encourage and comfort xx

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    • Thank you, Ms. Liz! For the most part, I think people in this country are friendly and would go out of their way to help others. But, I do notice it is becoming less so these days. Sometimes I smile at a stranger in the grocery store, and in return, instead of a smile the person will glare at me as if I had no right to be smiling at her. We are less trusting these days, and I find that sad. I cannot completely blame Donald Trump, but he has given license to be crude and cruel … the atmosphere in this country has definitely changed since he came on the scene. Sigh. Many thanks for the hugs! 🤗

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  2. Thanks, Jill. A moment for hugs and temporarily alleviates the weariness, bitterness, and anger at those who shove their heads in the sand and refuse to act — or conversely, shrug, because it’s not affecting THEM.

    So, hugs to you, although these are strictly virtual hugs. I’m not much of a hugger. Cheers

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  3. “The best place in the world is inside a hug.” – Jota Quest. Several years ago when I first came across these words they were attributed to J. Quest and, of course, I had to ascertain just who or what that meant. It turned out that Jota Quest is a Brazilian pop rock band from the early 90’s. First known a J.Quest, they had to change their name because of a copyright problem. The quote is the translation from the Portuguese to English first line of the song “Dentro de Um Abraco” which translates to “Inside A Hug”. It appeared on their Nov. 2013 album “Funky Funky Boom Boom”…for the life of me, I don’t know why it is the only one listed in English not Portuguese! I was able to discover the English translation of the lyrics on a site called lyricstranslate.com. by Alma Barroca. The lyrics to the song are beautiful and sadly I have never been able to find the song performed in English. I would include the lyrics, however it is quite lengthy. I will give you the small part that seems to address what you may be feeling : “Everything that we suffer dissolves in a hug. Everything for what we wait or dream we find inside a hug.” While hugs are not the perfect solution, they convey at times what words fail to manage. HUGS and more HUGS to YOU! Thank-you!

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    • Thank you, my lovely friend, for both the knowledge of a new song (jota is the 11th letter in the Spanish alphabet, as our ‘j’, only our ‘j’ is the 10th letter, for the Spanish alphabet has a ‘ch’ in added in, making jota the 11th letter). I digressed, didn’t I? Have I picked up a p for l somewhere along the line? Anyway, I had never heard of the song nor the band, so thank you. But most of all, thank you for caring, for being a special friend, and for the big hugs!!! And here’s one for you … 🤗


      • If I recall correctly, Alma Barocca wrote about the “J” in the translation. I don’t know if you could find that now as it was around 2015, I did not try. Those little notebooks of mine contain all sorts of treasures such as this! I am very pleased that you liked it. Thank-you!

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  4. Hugs Jill. I have been very close to or connected to so many of these events. It is heart stopping. I lived in El Paso and attended the grand opening of that very WalMart when my boys were young and babies. I would never have imagined. I lived outside of Orlando when the attack on the pulse night club happened. People I worked with had friends who might have been there. One lost a friend. I am beyond sad today. Again, hugs and love.

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