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I have never been much of a touchy-feely or chit-chatty person with strangers, not one of those people who coos at all the babies in their strollers. Being that I live in TN now, I am opening up more and making small talk with people I come in contact with. But today I did something that kind of shocked me.

I had to run the the vet to pick up meds for Hannah. As I walked in, the vet was escorting a woman to the lobby, and the woman was sobbing. The vet turned to go back to the room, and the woman was alone there for a moment, and in my head I was asking myself, “Should I say something? Should I pat her shoulder?” And then I decided to hug her. I walked over to her and said, “you look like you could use a hug.” She had brought in her pet, and apparently it needed some life-saving treatment, and she’s afraid of whet the outcome might be.  

I didn’t small-talk with her, or even really converse with her anymore as she sat down to wait for the vet. But as she left, I patted her shoulder and said, “Good Luck.”

And when I got to my car, I had tears in my eyes. I hope the hug helped at least a little.


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