I worked with a quite deep red canvas created in PicMonkey, then added a photograph of a yellow hibiscus I took recently, and finally fiddled with some of the gizmos on Pixlr. The resultant image reminds me of the pleasure and joy we feel when we give each other hugs, so “Hugs” this digital image is.
I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it before, but in October 2012 I attended a reunion with my university mates from 40 years ago. We caught up at the cafe at the Festival Hall on the Embankment. We left via the top exit which takes you across the bridge over the Thames and as I walked out, a young man – with his friends sniggering in the background – asked me if he could shake my hand. I replied: “I can do better than that, young man, I’ll give you a hug if you like.” He looked quite bemused, nodded so I gave him a huge hug and a kiss on the cheek then strolled off over the bridge. I looked back and he was standing there looking bemused, while his friends simply looked confused. Great fun, trust me!
Here’s a rewrite of the chorus from The Hippopotamus Song by Flanders and Swan, but instead of mugs, we’ve got HUGS!
“Hugs, hugs, glorious hugs,
Nothing quite like them for warming the heart,
So come let us follow, down to the hollow
And there let us wallow in glorious hugs!”
And since I know so many of you will not have heard of this song, or of Flanders and Swan, the video of them singing this song is below.