– Do you know who is dying? – my dad always asked us around this time.
– No, who? – we responded with exorbitant eyes.
– The year…
My dad always fooled us with his bad joke.
But yes, I think that 2023 has a few hours left to live.
I woke up with these thoughts today, for me a day when absences possess me.
My father, a doctor, but a poet nonetheless, on the night of December 31, made a toast by reciting a poem called “Drop of Tears” by Javier Santacruz. He raised his glass, and with a deep voice and deep expression he declaimed:
“This cup of wine for the living,
and this drop of tears for the dead.”
Yes, they are those lost hugs, one in particular, that I miss so much at the end of the twelve bells.
But hugs, are also renewed, they flourish, and today is not a day for sadness.
It’s hug day.
I imagined for a moment that, for the planet, today is a unique day.
A day with a certain seismic activity, from the beginning to the end.
A tremor felt by the leaves, the petals of the flowers, the birds, by sensitive beings.
This, our world, so in need of union, compassion, solidarity, is a kinder place today, when in every time zone on the planet, hugs will break out at midnight.
A fleeting, but heartfelt and honest contact, tight, the best gift one can give and receive.
Today I want to thank my colleagues at Atril and our kind readers who join us every week. From my heart, my wish for you and your family is:
May the hugs multiply!
Happy New Year 2024!