ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Letter: Hug from a stranger sealed love for Detroit Lakes

I decided I needed to take a solo sentimental trip from Minneapolis to visit Oak Grove Cemetery where my husband is buried. I've spent the past year trying to continue to heal my broken heart.

Letter to the Editor web graphic dlpf.png
Forum News Service Graphic

I've loved Detroit Lakes for 60 years. I always will. My husband, Roger, grew up here. As a family with three sons, we spent a lot of time here visiting his parents, enjoying the lake and especially the Water Carnival.

Roger died in December of 2020. We had been married 58 years. I decided I needed to take a solo sentimental trip from Minneapolis to visit Oak Grove Cemetery where he is buried. I've spent the past year trying to continue to heal my broken heart.

I stopped at the My 2nd Home antique shop before I went to the cemetery, looking for an ornament to take with me. The owner of the shop greeted me warmly and asked how my day was going. She must have caught my shaky answer. She then simply said, "I think you need a hug." After that hug, I left immediately, fearing I would fall apart.

I thought about her gesture all day and returned later in the day to thank her and to try to tell her how much her reaching out to me the way she did meant to me. We hugged again, only this time it was like old friends greeting each other after a long separation. We never exchanged our names. It wasn't necessary.

I do want her to know that her empathetic hug will forever be my favorite Christmas gift. I'll be stopping in to hug her whenever I visit wonderful Detroit Lakes.

What To Read Next
Get Local

ADVERTISEMENT