A few weeks ago, my younger brother, Ollie, sent me one of his old jumpers. In recent years, it’s become something of a tradition that I inherit his cast offs.
It started because whenever he came to stay, he’d always accidentally leave something behind when he left. And as it so happens, most often it would be a jumper and because I am very partial to a baggy jumper, I must admit that I was loathe to return them …
It’s been over a year now since I’ve seen my brother and sister in law, Fiona and I miss them like crazy. We talk on the phone, and Zoom and all that malarkey but not being able to hold someone, well, I needn’t explain that to you. Right now, every single person in the world is in the same boat.
And this is what got me thinking. When I opened the parcel from my brother and saw that he’d sent me one of his wonderful old jumpers ( in lieu of the one he would’ve left behind anyway if they’d been able to stay) I immediately put it to my nose, just like an animal and desperately searched for any time hint of smell of him. Oh it was so delicious! I pulled the jumper on and it felt like the warmest, most delicious, most loving hug ever. Oh how I needed it!!
We ALL of us need love and hugs right now. The world is in a tricky place. Christmas is around the corner (and other religious festivals too) and regardless of which ever part of the world we come from, we are all one, and none of us know if we will even be able to see family and friends. It’s a time of uncertainty. But one thing is certain and that is that we all need to be especially kind and especially loving during these difficult times. We all need something to hold on to and the greatest thing that we all have to give and receive is LOVE.
Please don’t buy any new Christmas jumpers this year; instead box up some of your old, loved pre worn jumpers and post them to friends and family who could do with a hug. Trust me, it will be The most wonderful present of all, something that money cannot buy- a hug in a jumper from you.