Random act of kindness...They were giving "abrazos gratis" in the zocalo in Merida yesterday. If you don't know about the Free Hugs Campaign, you should.
There are numerous videos on Youtube.
I watched and shot photos for a half hour and was struck by the fact that only one in ten, if that, stopped and received/gave a hug. Anyone who wanted one, could have one, "no a la discriminacion."
There were lots of young people spread out in front of the catheral and the entrance to the zocalo, well-dressed, all smiles.
Every now and then someone would jump out of a car run through the traffic and get a hug, run back and jump back into their car while everyone cheered.
And an ocassional pedestrian would stop, but I was amazed that so few people partook in a simple joyous act.
The huggers were watching me watching them and videotaping me and as I left, I got my hugs.
What floored me was my reaction. Just a simple hug from a stranger in a strange city moved me to tears. Those who know me would say, "Still the same old Stowe."
Kindness is so powerful. I carried the feeling with me and did my best to pass it on.
No, I am not in jail because of it.