Robert U. Montgomery

Hugs Are Important Too

I was forced to violate social distancing by a 96-year-old woman.

Even though the local senior center is closed to the public because of Covid-19 concerns, it's open for preparation of Meals on Wheels, and I've continued to deliver meals.

Dorothy Gouin, who turned 96 in March, continues to go in each day as a volunteer. We've been friends since I started volunteering more than 9 years ago. Last year, I wrote a book---
Nourishing the Soul--- about her and the value of volunteerism to benefit the center and Meals on Wheels program.

Today, after I dropped off meal carriers and was heading out, she approached and held her arms out.

"Really?" I asked.

"Yes," she replied, and we embraced.

That's when I realized that I needed a hug just as much as she did.