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I have been a part of Poetry Soup since 2009, and have made wonderful friendships, and been inspired beyond what I had could have ever imagined .  As a novice poet when I first joined up, I have learned so much, thanks to all of you.  Thank you for the many gifts of poetry, challenges, and inspirations.  But especially for the friendship and encouragement offered here. Thank you all, very much !


Blog Posted:7/22/2010 10:53:00 AM
Hi Soupers..  I thought I'd share what has been going on in my small community this week.  Perhaps this is a nation-wide campaign, although I have only been hearing about it locally. But perhaps it could catch on, and be a reminder to people everywhere just how precious our children are.  Sometimes we get so caught up in being a chauffeur to school, sports,  making sure they have swimming lessons, dance lessons, or whatever,...that we forget to simply give them a hug....taking time to show and tell them how much we love them.   In our town, just a few days ago was "Hug Your Kid Day"....which has actually expanded into events taking place all week.....daily reminders to show your children how much you love them. This event started here just a year ago by two young mothers who lost their young sons due to a sudden case of meningitis...the other due to a tragic accident at our nearby National park (I wrote a poem at that time, about that sad unexpected rockslide killed him).  These moms joined hands...and started a campaign to remind other parents to slow down, take a breath, and hug their kids.  There was a huge turnout at our local downtown square of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles..etc...and their in the paper of LOTS OF HUGGING GOING ON!!   These two moms were there, each one with their other children....taking a bit of time to spread their love.........and a bit of their wisdom. :)  Take the time to hug a kid....or each other..if you don't have kids!!
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  1. Date: 7/25/2010 1:51:00 PM
    My greatest gift this July is my son's recovery. They are never too old to hug. God Bless. Vince

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  1. Date: 7/23/2010 8:01:00 PM
    Hugs are the greatest and giving them to your kids when you see them makes me a happy mom. Hug your kids today for you never know what tomorrow brings. Thanks Carrie for this blog. God Bless Phyl

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  1. Date: 7/23/2010 3:42:00 PM
    Congrats on your poem 'Where The Sycamore Grew' being featured on the home page today Carrie. It's truly a beautiful poem!

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  1. Date: 7/23/2010 10:08:00 AM
    What a very uplifting blog, Carrie! Yup hugs for kids could sure do wonders! ^_^ thank you for this reminder :) definitely hugging my nephews & nieces the next time I see them! hugs -- nikko :)

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  1. Date: 7/23/2010 1:19:00 AM
    Thanks for the reminder,dear Carry...I'm ("we're")a super "hugger"!Ruben.

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  1. Date: 7/22/2010 8:53:00 PM
    They are us remade, reflecting our hopes and our sorrows, they are our future. Thanks for the welcome Carrie and thanks for your nice comments on my poems.

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  1. Date: 7/22/2010 5:00:00 PM
    This was a sweet blog, Carrie, and I just bet you are a great hugger!! Luv, Andrea

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  1. Date: 7/22/2010 11:52:00 AM
    I did hug them,, and send them to daycare,, thanks for the nice reminder,..p.d.

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  1. Date: 7/22/2010 11:26:00 AM
    Sounds like a lovely idea Carrie and we need to hug our kids every day as our gifts from God to cherish for the time we have them.. and don't forget the grand babies too.. with luv

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  1. Date: 7/22/2010 11:20:00 AM
    thanks Carrie...I have 2-wonderful Daughters, I sure will...jimbo

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