What an odd blog post title, right? What is a food hug? What does basketball have to do with anything?
I decided on Monday night that I didn’t want to adult anymore. You know. I didn’t want to worry about bills, think about the dinner menu for the week, fold laundry, work on lesson plans…nothing. I wanted a food hug and I wanted to watch basketball.
While adulting may seem to get the best of us on some days, I know that I am always surrounded by a good support system (and y’all know who you are). I am blessed with friends and family who support me more than they know.
What does support look like? For me it is a variety of things:
- Love: I am loved by so many…and there are moments when I feel that.
- Words of encouragement: I have text messages to prove this–sometimes just a “hello” or a quick text from a friend can do wonders for my day.
- Acceptance: People love and accept me for me, despite the chaos that sometimes surrounds me…I’m accepted.
- Understanding: My family is very understanding. There are some nights when it seems like all I do is work on blog material, school material, or reading…and they understand sometimes I just need space to work.
- Tea or Coffee date: These don’t always happen often with Sam, but man alive, am I glad for friends who love coffee and thankful to take time out of the workday to get in some much-needed chit chat and caffeine.
- Staying positive: while this is sometimes hard for me, I have folks who can stay positive and that is inspiring for me–helpful for me–and support for me.
- Loyalty: ride or die, I have a close group of folks who are loyal to me, and who always have my back.
- Believing in me: I have a gaggle of cheerleaders and supporters who can pick me up when I am down, believe in me when I don’t believe in myself and give me a confidence boost when I need it most.
- Someone who really listens: as corny as it sounds, I am thankful for the app called Marco Polo…it is sometimes the only way I can talk to friends…and they listen and respond to me…even if our lives are busy or chaotic, I know I have people who really listen (or read).
- Just being there: sometimes a low-key night at home, with basketball on in the background, Sam working at a computer, me on another, and the dogs surrounding us is all I need. When the kids are at our house, knowing they are close…having my family just being with me is all I need.
- Food hugs: you know—comfort food—mashed potatoes, a good pot roast or Shepherd’s pie..pizza…donuts…sweets…sometimes I just need a small food hug and all is right in the world.
Support comes in different shapes, sizes, forms, and mediums. Maybe support for you is the ones you love. Maybe support for our veterans is being an advocate on their behalf–listening to their very important narrative, and simply just being there. We can have coffee or a meal with friends, but, dear readers, simply just being in the moment (without your electronics) is all the support someone may need.
That my friends…a food hug. A bacon cheeseburger and onion rings (with ranch of course) from 5280 Burger Bar in Denver, Colorado. I want to go to there.