Sunday, November 2

I have an empty space where my hugs go. I left my heart in Montana, my stuff in Quebec City and my body is here in Idaho. I took for granted the need for human touch, outside of the two best arms that I wrap myself in each night. Joe Jackson, does that name ringing a bell? Me neither. How about "Is she really going out with him"... now we are getting somewhere. Thanks to Taco Bell commercial in the 2008 we all know "One more time". He also wrote a song, The Human Touch.

The Human Touch by Joe Jackson

Some say the world is spinning faster
Some say it isn't fast enough
Some people say they've got the answer
and some are scared to say they can't keep up

I read the paper but it still isn't clear
The bombs are falling but I'm still here
I know all the figures and I know all the facts
But all I can do is keep trying . . . .
To look for the Human Touch

Life is hard when you've got nothing
Life can be hard when you've got too much
Sometimes I wonder what's the difference
It's only better with someone to touch

I got the telephone stuck to my ear
I keep yelling but you don't hear
In all the universe I'm just a speck of dust
But all I can do is keep trying . . . .
To give you the Human Touch

You know we're nothing in the scheme of things
Just microchips in big machines
And the world is spinning round and round
but I know that we can slow it down
And I know that I can make you see
I'm on the side of you and me

and all I want to do
listen to me . . .
Is give you . . . give you

Give you the Human Touch

I had no idea the impact of a hug, a hand on the shoulder or gentle touch of comfort. I do know now that with each gesture, I will give with it sincerity because I will never know when they had the human touch.


Unknown said...

lots to say in this post. those are some powerful lyrics.

the human touch is... irreplace-able

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Jill said...

I really notice the impact of human touch when it comes from someone I'm not used to it coming from (in a good way). When an unexpected hug arrives I find I want to sink into and sob. Is that so wrong?

Ann On and On... said...

So, true Jill. I am missing those hugs from friends. Since moving to Quebec City I have noticed the personal bubble violations less and less. The whole greeting with kisses was very awkward at first...still difficult at times. 2-10 times I start in the wrong direction. Now that is really awkward. :)

Deb said...

I once read that you should smile at people in passing b/c you never know if you may be the only person they have contact with that day or the only person to make a friendly gesture to them....I think hugs would also fall in this category although I don't recommend hugging every person you pass! LOL But I think giving a hug when it is appropriate is really nice. :)


michelle said...

So true. It just feels so good. Sometimes a hug or a pat on the arm is all you really need to feel better. Just one more thing you'll appreciate more when you're not in such a remote location.