Hands, Hugs, & Hearts

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A couple of days ago, I was greeted by my gal pal, Anita, who had just pulled into the driveway.

She flashed a giant smile and requested a hug from me.

I did not hesitate and quickly replaced a ‘welcome smile’ with my open arms.

“I never refuse an opportunity to hug a beautiful lady,” I quickly whispered as I shared the embrace.

That is when I noticed my heart had started to beat quicker – it was racing!

And that is when my face began to blush with a sudden case of embarrassment.

I began patting my heart to Anita and mentioned that she had made my heart beat faster.

And although she knows that I love her, she also knows I love her husband Ralph, and Aria, their young, pre-school daughter.

I often tell them that they are my adopted family.

We exchanged a few updates and then waved goodbye, and that’s when I began thinking about the hug.

Regular readers of my stories know that I always sign my blog posts and emails with a “Hugs, Danny.”

I have also mentioned that we should love everyone – regardless of color, race, religion, politics, culture, gender, or sexual preference.

And the thing that made me think about hugs and hugging was that I had only hugged two other people in the past 18 months – due to the Covid19 pandemic and social distancing requirements.

And they were both nurses at the cancer center where I had been treated and where I volunteered for five years.  I will not identify them by name because it would get them both in trouble.

Previously, I always shook hands with my guy pals and gave hugs to my gal pals.  I once wrote about hugs in my Why I Hug You story.

But I wrote that story in 2016 when there were no social distancing restrictions.

Masks were what only doctors and nurses wore in the hospital, and I used to think it prevented them from catching what the patient had.

It turns out they wore them to protect their patients!

Other people who wore masks included bank robbers, spray painters, and the Lone Ranger, although he wore the mask over his eyes.

But before the pandemic, most people had never worn a mask – me included!

Back then (before March 2020), people hugged, shook hands, or touched each other on the arm or shoulder to show mutual affection, loyalty, and respect.

And with some really close friends, we often exchanged kisses on the cheek or forehead.  (I also worked with people who loved to kiss the boss’s ass!)

When you shake somebody’s hand or hug someone, your heart should beat faster if it is a true friend or acquaintance.

If it doesn’t, you should listen to what your heart is trying to tell you.

The same goes for a limp or insincere handshake – that person is either shy or not taught how to shake another person’s hand properly.

When I was eleven years old, I learned that simple lesson from Don Thompson, my 8th Oshawa Sea Scout leader.

In my opinion, handshakes and hugging are the heart’s way of showing its affection and love.

I also believe that we should love all passersby and other complete strangers – regardless of who they are or where they are originally from – because we are all from this world!

Remember – the opposite to LOVE is not Hate – it is FEAR!  People are not racists because they hate a particular race – they fear them!

And in closing, I may refuse to do the elbow bump or a wave from a safe distance if you are a friend or an associate.

Instead, I might offer you a hug with open arms or shake your hand.

I might even tell you that I love you – because I often say that to both my gal pals, guy pals, and gay pals!

So, if that bothers you, make sure you keep your hands in your pockets when we next see each other.

And keep your eyes closed, because I will probably wink at you, too!

Oh, and by the way, I have had my second vaccine.

If you have not had a vaccine – I will not be able to shake your hand or hug you!

And if you are a healthcare worker – you should be vaccinated.

If you are not willing to be vaccinated – your employment should be terminated.

But that is only my opinion.

Dedicated to my friends and readers

I hope my stories are a gift to your head and heart.

Hugs, handshakes, and winks,

Danny

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Today’s tune from Danny’s library (purchased):

I’ve Got a Crush On You – lyrics

How glad the many millions
Of Toms and Dicks and Williams
Would be
To capture me

But you had such persistence
You wore down my resistance
I fell
And it was swell

You’re my big and brave and handsome Romeo
How I won you I will never never know
It’s not that you’re attractive
But oh my heart grew active
When you came into view

I’ve got a crush on you, sweetie pie
All the day and nighttime, hear me sigh
I never had the least notion
That I could fall with so much emotion

Could you coo
Could you care
For a cunning cottage we could share
The world will pardon my mush
Cause I’ve got a crush, my baby, on you

Could you coo
Could you care
For a cunning cottage we could share
The world will pardon my mush
Cause I have got a crush,
My baby, on you

Songwriter(s): Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin

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Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).
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By Daniel (Danny) St. Andrews

An almost famous Film, Television & Stage Actor (as in almost pregnant) living in Vancouver, BC His other passions include cancer patient advocate (he had stage 3 throat cancer), walking with the Vancouver 'Venturers Walking Club, and of course, spoiling his dog, Holly Golightly. If you like the stuff he writes about - please leave a hug (or a comment).

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