Day 168 A Different Kind of Graffiti

May 26, 2015

(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th year where I write and illustrate a blog on each day's gift.)

Pendant and hidden hugs made by Andrea Gingerich
Every day brings a gift to me but some days gift becomes a plural. Today I received a call from an old friend from 1970. We met as teachers and each of us married and had children. For over 40 years, through visits, phone calls and messages, we have remained connected as close friends. She is definitely a valued gift.

And then there were free tickets to a nighttime Orioles game where I spent time with an ardent fan—my husband. He had a chance to connect with an old friend sitting next to him. The Orioles didn’t win but the experience was a winner.

The third gift wins as a focus today—a package with a belated Mother’s Day card (“Thank you for being my surrogate mom when I’ve needed it the most.”), a hand-made pendant pressed with a piece of nature, and hidden hugs—from a young friend who has lately experienced many downs in life’s rhythm of hills and valleys. Photography brought us together but her artistry reaches out beyond photography toward new growth and connections.

In my special package today were hidden hugs, repurposed circles cut from old greeting cards with inspirational quotes hand written on one side—“The Earth has music for those who listen.” Some are humorous—“I meant to behave, but there were too many other options!” The idea is meant to spark mental health awareness and smiles. People find them in unexpected places such as in Camden Yards last night, hanging on the back of a restroom door or peeking out from under the mustard. I can imagine the curiosity and smiles as people find them and I too smile because I was part of the process. In a way, this is a different kind of graffiti

My gift today is a bunch of hidden hugs.


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