My grandma, Xixiu Zhao, an 87-year-old Chinese woman, has her own unique way of creating beautiful embroidered shoes for loved ones. All these decades, she never sold them, but made them as gifts for family members and friends.
In my case, she has continued making shoes for me from infancy until adulthood – even now, while I live so far away in America. No matter where I am, I always have my grandma’s handmade shoes with me. They make me feel close to home, helping me to be brave and confident when I travel life’s valleys.
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My given name is Temple Beaufort Green Jr, but most know me as Buzz, which I have been called since before I could walk. I was born in New Orleans, my youth was in the central coast area (Salinas, Monterey) of California but in my adult life have lived in places as different and far apart as Boston and Bangkok, including Seattle, Honolulu, Jakarta and Phoenix amongst many others.
I am basically retired but drive commercially for limo companies and ride sharing companies.
The hugging card is my way of memorializing my wife. She cut the article out of the paper about 30 years ago that extols the benefits of hugging. I am a hugger and want to spread the word, so a couple of years ago I decided that in order to share it I needed to print cards with it on it. First printing was 2000 cards and it nearing time to reprint. The response is universally positive.
As for a definition of love my aunt once said to me that when you truly feel that you don't want to spend another day of your life without that certain someone in it, you are probably in love. That feeling encompasses everything positive about "love".
Texts on the hugging card:
Hugging is healthy: It helps our body's immune system, it keeps you healthier, it cures depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it's invigorating, it's rejuvenating, it has no unpleasant side effects, and hugging is nothing less than a miracle drug. Hugging is all natural: It is organic, naturally sweet, no pesticides, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients and 100 percent wholesome.
Hugging is practically perfect: There are no movable parts, no batteries to wear out, no periodic checkups, low energy consumption, high energy yield, inflation-proof, non-fattening, no monthly payments, no unsurance requirements, theft-proof, non-taxable, non-polluting and of course, fully returnable.