There’s a teacher on an Irish advert who promotes health insurance and says what she missed most when she was hospitalised was human contact.
‘I’m a real hogger’, she smiled. It was a visual thing, she wasn’t hoarding mementos.
Instead her animated figure was embracing nursery kids.
She’s not alone in being ‘a real hogger’. The Irish love to hug and they are all happier for it.
So they’ll be missing hugging friends now that they, and us, are in lockdown.
Because some people are just more comfortable with hugging than others.
Yes, I’m talking about you, Crystal, Ruby, Geraldine, Marsha and Sheena.
Crystal, who taught me how to tie a bandana and unleashed this monster on the world…. Let’s rumba in Barbados
She was choked with the cold but the professional that she is, and perfect host too, she pushed on regardless.
And there was always a hug, as there was from everybody who worked at Club Barbados https://www.theclubbarbados.com on the Platinum Coast.
While Ruby who gave me my first Caribbean cooking class, okra, was in great form.
Auntie Alison (they respect their elders and call their betters Uncle or Auntie) wowed us with her natural rhythm and moves…
As Uncle Kenneth and myself cooked Caribbean Chicken Curry in their restaurant, the Blue Crab http://www.tobagobluecrab.com and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2020/03/17/ready-steady-goat-racing-in-tobago/
I’ve been asked to relive those memories this week as part of a video by the Barbados and Tobago boards to promote the islands.