Hello beautiful people,

‘A hug and a kiss a new month is this’.

Well for me it is and if it’s not yet for you, with a tick of the clock it will be real soon!

And for those of us in the southern hemisphere this new month also brings with it the first day of a new season, winter – brrr!  Not that the temperature at the moment of 6˚C is freezing or today’s overall temp of 16˚C is anything to sneeze at, somehow it just feels so much colder now that I know that winter is upon us – brrr!

Anyway back to the topic at hand, did you like my little saying ‘a hug and a kiss a new month is this’?  I can remember clearly dreading the first day of a new month as a kid at school (both primary and secondary) as the saying back then was something along the lines of ‘a pinch and a punch for the first of the month’.  Ouch, that one was the cause of many a bruised arm and a bruised being too I might add.

Is it any wonder that violence is a big part of our existence today if that is what we go around doing as kids at play, hurting each other as a way of celebrating a new month?

Once Andrew and I had our own children we really didn’t like the idea of them carrying on this outdated tradition or coming home from school with their own little arms battered and bruised, so we came up with a new concept that came from a place of love and gratitude.  I’m not sure if the kids took this on board and shared it at school with their friends.  What a scream that would have been to watch a bunch of kids running around the playground kissing and hugging each other with squeals of delight in celebration of a new month.  I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall to see the teachers’ reactions to that one after years and years of pinching and punching or scratching and thumping!  Although I do remember a lot of new sayings coming home that came from a place of goodness and fun which was evidence that times were a changing.

Even though both our kids are in their mid teens now, they still enjoy this way of celebrating a new month with us (just as long as we don’t do it in public!).  Nah that’s not entirely true, they still let us give them a kiss and hug in public, it just depends on who’s around and what kind of mood they are in!

Teaching our children unity and love through play I believe is a much better way of raising healthy and happy children, don’t you?  And who knows, some of these children may grow up to become our next world leaders.  Do we want them moving forward in these roles with bruised arms or bruised beings?  I don’t thinks so.

Sometimes the simple things in life are often the best and who knows what a loving act of kindness such as this one could do to create peace and harmony amongst our fellow man or woman.

So what will you do to mark the beginning of a new month, a little hugging and kissing?  Oh, please do!

Love and hugs,

Lyndal

‘practice what you passion’®

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