I went to a festival recently, and the most extraordinary thing happened.
There I was, minding my own business, listening to a reggae band with ex-boy. The band finished and ex-boy wanted to go and congratulate the djembe player, which we did. He was about 40ish, hippie-ish and very smiley. As we turned to go, he gave each of us a great big bear hug..
Something happened in that bear hug...
All I felt when he hugged me was love. Huge, all encompassing, unconditional love. I couldn't let go. When I eventually did, thinking he must think I was a nutter.. I walked away and burst into a flood of tears.
I have never, ever, felt love like that... it was pure, it was huge, but most of all it was unconditional. It felt like that no matter what I did, what I said, or who I was.. I was loved..
Was he God in dreadlocks? .. an angel in human form? .. an ordinary but exceptionally loving person..
I don't think it matters.
What matters is the experience, and me never forgetting it, taking it with me and gripping it tightly to never let it go...