This Week…Time for Hugs

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This Week…Time for Hugs


This week, Larry and I had lunch with our friend of over 40 years. She and her husband were our first neighbors in our first home.

A hug is like a boomerang -you get it back right away. Bil Keane

 Our husbands had the same birthday though many years apart. Their first child also shares their birthday. We spent many Friday night happy hours together in one or the other’s homes. 


Laughing together is as close as you can get to a hug without touching. 
Gina Barreca


This Monday is the anniversary of Glen’s death in a terrible car accident…he was not much over 40. 

There isn’t a day or week that goes by when I don’t think of him. One thing that stands out was his hugs.

Where I live if someone gives you a hug,
it’s from the heart.
Steve Irwin

They weren’t the cursory hug and go either. When he hugged you, you knew you were loved. 


His wife is the same, so when we had lunch this week, I was overjoyed to get her you are loved hug. 



I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.  Ann Hood


Today is National Hugging Day so go out and share your hugs with someone who really needs one.

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Comments (24)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good to know today is National Hugging Day! I'm off to watch Beautiful Beckett play basketball and will be giving her an extra big Hug!!

Jan 21, 2023 05:22 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX Hope you had fun at Beckett's game!!!She is growing up so fast!!!!

Jan 21, 2023 05:07 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - embracing hugging on a regular basis can enhance connections.  Your post proves its potential.   

Jan 21, 2023 05:53 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Jacobs it's like a daily vitamin or the apple a day!!!  

Jan 21, 2023 05:07 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love the hugs where you can tell that you are loved, those are the best kind to give and receive!

Jan 21, 2023 06:02 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England I love those too!!! Our friend we met for lunch has one of the best hugs!!!

Jan 21, 2023 05:08 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Thank you for sharing.  Not everyone is open to hugs especially from those they do not know.  Hugging often is cultural.

Jan 21, 2023 06:12 AM
Kathy Streib

This is true Leanne Smith It's too bad too because look what they're missing.

Jan 21, 2023 05:09 PM
Leanne Smith

Being a "non-hugger" until I know a person, I don't believe I am missing anything.

Jan 22, 2023 05:33 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I can think of nothing worse then when people are taking far too young. Terrible. 

Jan 21, 2023 06:46 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty even worse, his young daughter was in the car with him and his wife and son were in the car behind them. 

Jan 21, 2023 05:10 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

There are hugs and there are huggers...Glad you experienced this endearing way to let someone you are happy to see them!

Jan 21, 2023 06:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 the hardest part of 2020 was not feeling comfortable hugging people. 

Jan 21, 2023 05:16 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

So many people have a hard time with that form of recognition and feel it's too personal. Nothing is too personal when offering to someone you like a lot

Jan 21, 2023 07:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva I understand that there are people and cultures who are not comfortable with hugging and being close. I don't hug just anyone who comes along either. But a hug from a friend or loved one...always welcome. 

Jan 21, 2023 05:17 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Kathy.

I could use a hug this morning, 

Have an outstanding weekend.

Jan 21, 2023 08:30 AM
Sharon Tara

Sending you virtual hugs Roy Kelley 

Jan 21, 2023 10:14 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley besides one from Sharon Tara you have one from me. 

Jan 21, 2023 05:18 PM
Roy Kelley

Thank you very much. I just returned home after visiting Dolores.

Jan 22, 2023 10:09 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy, I love to get a hug from you.  People stop giving hugs with covid but whit okay.  Havea good!


Jan 21, 2023 09:13 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Will Hamm consider yourself virtually hugged from me!

Jan 21, 2023 05:19 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I have a few friendships that go back to the time I was a toddler.  And, even more that go back to my grade school days. 

Jan 21, 2023 09:41 AM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat the older I get the more I realize how precious friends are. 

Jan 21, 2023 05:21 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

What a lovely story Kathy!  And tying it in with Hug Day is perfect.  We too have friends  (6 of them) like yours and they are very special to us and each other. We were all our 'bubble' during the whole C mess.  I remember the first time they all came over - one gal in particular said to me....can I have a big hug?  Of course you can!!!!!  She said - I'm so starved for hugs and being with friends. Hugs make a huge difference!

Jan 21, 2023 10:05 AM
Kathy Streib

Oh my gosh Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker that happened to me during 2020 too. I met with two of my GF for lunch at one of their houses. When she opened the door, she said "F___ It...We all need a hug."  And we did. 

Jan 21, 2023 05:24 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

So sad to think he died so young. 

I've always been a hugger, but not so much now since Covid. I'm still hugging those I'm close with but no longer leaning in to everyone like I used to.

Jan 21, 2023 10:17 AM
Kathy Streib

Sharon Tara I don't worry about that anymore but if someone thinks they have a cold, then I stay away. 

Jan 21, 2023 05:31 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

A good hug is truly unforgettable.  It is so sad to hear that your friend died so young.  He is remembered for all of the right reasons, though. 

Jan 21, 2023 10:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Ray Henson I think about him all of the time. I will never forget hearing the news and I will always remember his friendship. 

Jan 21, 2023 05:35 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 21, 2023 10:36 AM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat Thank you!!! I appreciate it. 

Jan 21, 2023 05:35 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy it sounds like you and Larry had a very special relationship with these friends.

By the way my youngest brother and I share the same birthday, and we are 10 years apart.  My mothers birthday was just 3 days later.

Jan 21, 2023 10:54 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto that's amazing!!! What are the odds of that/??

Jan 21, 2023 05:37 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy, 

It is obvious that your neighbor, and friend who has since passed, were deeply loved and I am sorry that his life was taken so early on.  No one knows for sure what lies beyond this life but if he is watching over you, he knows how much you miss him and gave you a heavenly hug as you wrote this. 

Jan 21, 2023 01:14 PM
Kathy Streib

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I love what you said!  After he died, I had a dream that he was outside my kitchen door, waving at me and telling me that everything was fine. I'd like to think he's up there watching over me. 

Jan 21, 2023 05:39 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Just saw this...(((A BIG HUG TO YOU))), Kathy!

Jan 21, 2023 01:45 PM
Kathy Streib

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! received and Back at Ya!!!!! 

Jan 21, 2023 05:40 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Kathy Streib thank you for the reminder. A good hug has great meanings. Happy Hug Day to you and yours!

Jan 21, 2023 08:53 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Kathy, the hugs portion of the post are nice.  Quite the sad part with the loss of a good friend far too early in life.  Mark

Jan 22, 2023 09:23 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

What a lovely tribute .. and it's wonderful to have a long lasting 40 year friendship as well- nothing like our oldest friends 

Jan 24, 2023 08:29 AM