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 Contributed by: Marilyn Shaw, Laureate Beta Pi, Woodinville, WA

Love Kit

"At our Founder's Day banquet, we were given an envelope with this written on the front:"


  • BUTTON - reminds you to button your lip from saying harmful words to or about someone else;
  • BAND AID - reminding you of healing . . . perhaps hurt feelings -- yours or others;
  • TOOTHPICK - as a reminder to not pick at another's faults until you've cleaned out all your own;
  • RECIPE - to make a batch of cookies to share with someone who needs a lift today;
  • ENVELOPE - reminds you to write those long overdue letters of encouragement;
  • POEM - to remind you to hug your world and the precious people in it;
  • KLEENEX - to dry someone's tears, or perhaps your own so that you can see the tears of others.

Each envelope contained a button, a toothpick, a piece of Kleenex, a cookie recipe and a band aid. Also enclosed was a bookmark telling us what the new theme was.

The poem is as follows:


It's wondrous what a hug can do. A hug can cheer you when you're blue. A hug can say "I love you so." Or, "Gee, I hate to see you go."

A hug is "Welcome back again." And "Great to see you, where've you been?" A hug can soothe a small child's pain. And bring a rainbow after rain.

The hug! There's just no doubt about it. We scarcely could survive without it! A hug delights and warms and charms. It must be why God gave us arms.

Hugs are great for fathers and mothers, sweet for sisters, swell for brothers. And chances are your favorite aunts, love them more than potted plants.

Kittens crave them, puppies love them. Heads of state are not above them. A hug can break the language barrier, and make your travels so much merrier.

No need to fret about your store of 'em. The more you give, the more there's more of them. So stretch those arms without delay, and give someone a hug today!

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