Hi there, come on in. A bit blustery tonight, isn’t it? Well, at least it’s not pouring down rain … what? Yeah, it’s weird when that happens. Anyway, come inside and get comfortable while there’s still plenty of room on the couch. Hey! Look at you trying to sneak in with that yummy looking stuff … I promise it’ll make it to the kitchen in one piece … really! Very funny, just give it to me and grab a seat. Somebody save me a spot on the floor and put some music on!
Okay, guys and gals, the munchies are on the counter and the drinks are in their usual places, so help yourself. I have mine, thanks. Hmmm? Doesn’t that look great? I’m so proud of myself … grab a few extra napkins - yes, technically they’re paper towels and what about it? - along with the plate, I’ll handle the cheese and we’re all set! Oh, of course we’ll need those. And that. Okay, that. Can somebody come help us with this stuff?
Gosh, it’s been a long day. It feels good to relax and let my molecules settle down for a bit. Nice song. You think so? I don’t know … maybe. At least I can understand the words. Well, sure they were, but how many Bruce Springsteen’s and Bob Dylan’s can we handle? Who? Oh, please. Yeah, yeah, we can fight about this all night … then again, why not? I’d much rather have a lively and spirited argument about music than all the other - yes, I said lively and spirited - crap that just wears out my bones. Seriously.
Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t notice … are you okay? Come sit by me. Here’s another pillow, in fact it’s a really good one that I’ve had forever so it ought to be just perfect. Don’t you think? Good, good. Now talk to me – and I promise to shut up ‘til you’re done. Ignore them, they’re just people who know me as well as you do, so they doubt I can stay quiet but I really, really can. Oh, I’m sorry, go ahead.
Sometimes all we really need is an ear, a shoulder and a solid hug. Sometimes we need far more, yet more often than expected we need less. Not everyone needs to be understood, comforted and told that they’re not alone. Actually, that kind of thing makes some folks uncomfortable and highly suspicious. But for those of us that do need to know that others care - with or without a hug – confirmation of that should be available. Don’t ya think?