Service of Hugs

November 25th, 2011

Categories: Friendship, Hugs


I was crossing the street on Park Avenue and 72nd  in Manhattan when I heard persistent honking. Next thing, a very tall driver leapt out of his blue van, marked “Hamilton Air,” that was stopped for the light. He ran toward an elderly man who was also crossing the street. The driver wrapped his friend in his arms giving the diminutive old fellow a giant hug: Smiles all around.

hugs31As he walked his friend to the other side of the street, a woman who also observed the scene smiled at me and said, “We need more hugging in the world.” The driver ran back to his van in time to catch the green light and nobody honked in all this time. For NYC: Remarkable.

The very same day I was walking east on 43rd Street when I heard a man making soothing sounds so I looked to see why. In his arms was a beautiful black cat. The man was cooing, chatting with and hugging the creature and both seemed happy and content, making me feel cheerful in turn.

Don’t you think that hugs are curative?


10 Responses to “Service of Hugs”

  1. Lucrezia Said:

    Sounds grand until you find that the affable young man has rifled your purse!

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Ha ha, Lucrezia!

    I got the feeling that the young man knew the older one! But in any big city, a distraction like that could mean that all of us ooh-ing and ah-ing at the scene could be burgled. But we weren’t.

  3. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Noting that it contradicted her point of view, Lucrezia nevetheless shared the link to this charming video!

    It is guaranteed to make you smile:

  4. Hank Goldman Said:

    Hugs sure can’t hurt! Human-to-human contact is better than electronic contact alone.
    Helps one get thru the day!

  5. Hester Craddock Said:

    They are indeed! But it depends a bit on who is doing the hugging and the culture. Some places everybody hugs, some places nobody does. Some places they used to rub noses! I wonder if they do anymore.

    The only thing I don’t care for is when strangers try to hug me. That’s a little bit too much of a good thing!

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    In Argentina eons ago I was taken aback by kisses on both cheeks when I was introduced to total strangers. You were right to note that different cultures have alternate views about hugging, especially between men and women.

  7. Kristi West Said:

    You haven’t heard from me in a long time but I had to respond to this subject. Acouple years ago
    while at the Rock Plaza, this free hugging was going on and everyone loved it. I don’t think anyone’s pockets got picked. We always need to be wary but not look a gift horse in the mouth.
    A few years ago hugs were a natural greating in my business, I miss that part. Be well and enjoy the holidays. BIG HUG

  8. Kristi West Said:

    P.S. These are great pictures. THANK YOU

  9. Kathryn Said:

    I LOVE HUGS! I love to get ’em and give ’em. Done right i.e. all four arms fully engaged, nothing comforts or uplifts, encourages or excites quite like a hug.

  10. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Kristi and Kathryn,

    Hugs back.

    Hugs can be many things: Comforting and congratulatory, a sign of welcome and support. Young and old can enjoy them! On occasion, we scoop up the cat and do a group hug. She purrs and we love it too.

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