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Do you want to hold a newspaper and hug a friend today?

I want to hold a newspaper

Yesterday I bought a newspaper, The Sunday Edition. It was $1.75. The newspaper was beside the counter at the ice-cream store. The headline was, ” SPECIAL REPORT, Trouble on the Thun Trail.” I wanted to read how a few high-profile crimes are hurting the image of a popular route for cyclists and hikers. And there was a coupon about how to win Free Lasik surgery.

My husband asked me, “Why are you buying a newspaper?”

I replied, “Because I want to read it.”

The paper is sitting beside me as I write this morning. I am thinking about my husbands question yesterday. Why did I buy the newspaper? I didn’t have to. I can get the news on-line. The coupons inside I can print off the internet. I could read the paper at the Library.

I bought the newspaper because I wanted to hold the news in my hands. I wanted to sit in a comfortable chair and read. I didn’t want to read the news on my computer or at the Library.

There are digital books  and real books with front and back covers. There is online news and real newspapers made out of paper that you can hold. There are online friends  and people standing in front of you friends.

I love my friends that I talk to on-line. I enjoy reading the news on-line.

But today, I want to read my newspaper. I want to feel the paper, and hear the crumble of the paper. I want to fold it and cut out interesting articles.

Today I want to see a friend that lives close by my house. I want to hug her and drink a cup of coffee. I want to look in her eyes and hear her laugh. I want to pray for her and hear her stories.

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh?” he whispered.
“Yes, Piglet?”
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
―A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh 

Digital is nice. Real is better.

What about you? Do you want to hold a newspaper and hug a friend today?

Please tell me in the comments. I would love to chat.



About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • The problem with digital friendships is you can’t hear people laugh. All you get is “lol” and “rotfl.” I want to hear people laugh out loud. So if I write something you think is funny, call me so I can hear you laugh.

    • I promise to call you the next time I read something you wrote and want to laugh. I will have to schedule phone calls to read your stories. You always write something that brings a smile.

  • Janelle

    I love the real thing, but I’m so thankful for online communication with the ones I can’t be “real” with very often.

    • Janelle, I am so happy to be friends digitally. Just today I was craving a real hug.

      • Janelle

        I know. Me too.

  • I love this. Yes – the real is much much better! I just had a weekend getaway with some friends and it was wonderful to have a day and a half of uninterrupted time to talk, be quiet, and enjoy a road trip and mini vacation.

    • Your weekend sounds so fun Deanne. Time with friends is priceless.

  • I used to love reading the newspaper in my hands. No matter what when we lived in Sycamore I had to read the paper. It became a ritual for me. Hugging a friend. That would be nice. Probably not on the radar for today, but even the thought of it is nice. I actually thought about trying to do a five minute Friday. Feel like I’m running behind you guys watching the fun, but not taking part. In time, I guess.

    • Hello Ann. Five Minute Friday’s last all week. I wrote mine on Saturday. It is always nice to hear from you.

  • Lotta Wanner

    This is so beautiful Pamela! Thank you for this well written remark! I only wish you were so close so I could give you a real hug. But you are wise to tell us to take good care of the people we have close by!

  • Digital is good. A Kindle means that when I went to NY last year for five days, I had several books to read (including a Bible), that easily fit in my purse. BUT real is also good! The Kindle can lose charge, and then it is of no use to me, no matter how many books it has on it. I can find verses in my ‘real’ Bible much faster than on the Kindle. I still enjoy a book that can go with me anywhere, and in which I must place a bookmark, that won’t run out of charge – yes, I do like the feel of a book in my hands.

    Hugs . . . oh, yes, the real thing is absolutely the best! A cyber-hug {{{Pamela}}} will have to do for now, because we are thousands of miles away. I have gotten to know you so much better reading your blog than when we lived just a few miles away from each other, and know that if our paths should cross again this side of Heaven, I am ‘carrying’ several hugs for you. I do that – ‘carry’ hugs for people until I see them to deliver the real thing. I have ‘carried’ hugs for days, weeks, months, years – thank goodness they don’t weigh a thing!

    • Sue, I will carry a hug for you too. Thank you for reading and commenting. I have a pocket full of hugs now. The next time we meet we can look at each other and hear each other laugh.