Kaykay at The Creative Forum nominated me for The HUG Award©, which is so ... jeez, I don't have the right words. I'm touched. And not fully deserving.
The HUG Award© was initiated by Connie Wayne
at A Hope for Today, which promotes hope, love, peace, equality, and unity for
The HUG Award© is for people with an expectant
desire for the world, for which they: Hope for Love; Hope for Freedom; Hope for
Peace; Hope for Equality; Hope for Unity; Hope for Joy and Happiness; Hope for
Compassion and Mercy; Hope for Faith; Hope for Wholeness and Wellness; Hope for
Prosperity; Hope for Ecological Preservation; Hope for Oneness
This award also:
- recognizes and honors those who help keep hope
alive in our current world, which is plagued by war, natural disasters, and
economic recession. They nurture hope, in any of the above areas (in italics),
by the work they do, or in their personal lives with things such as blogging,
public speaking, charity work, etc.
- is for people who, without giving up or
compromising their own religious, spiritual, or political beliefs, are able to
nurture hope and respect the dignity of all people.
- is for those who, without bias or prejudice, use
their resources and gifts to make the world a better place for
- is for people who have
a hope or an expectant desire that the work or talents they use in things such
as blogging, public speaking, charity work, etc., will make a positive impact on
I normally don't participate in awards, but this one made me want to deserve the honor and hopefully earn it through more conscious acts. So thank you, Kaykay. Fairness and equality have been big issues for me since I was in fourth grade and met Mia, this beautiful soul who also happened to be mentally disabled. One day after a fire drill as we all waited under the hot South Pacific sun, peaceful and sweet Mia went up to a couple kids and tried to fight them. I saw a group of older girls laughing. I lost it because I knew they told her what to do. Even though I was far from popular and just entering my awkward unattractive pudgy kid phase, I stormed over to them and told them never to talk to my friend again. Years later I would have a son with autism. I think my life was designed to prepare me for the amazing challenge that is autism.
There are many deserving of this award (which isn't restricted to the blogging universe). Today I would like to acknowledge a person who made a huge difference in my son's life, as well as many other children's lives. Ms. Carol, as I still call her, was my son's para teacher for Kindergarten and first grade. She has this way of smiling that makes you feel like you just got a big hug. She gave my little guy not only her smiles and gentle voice, but friendship that continues today into the tail end of fifth grade.