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The One With The Hug

October 16th, 2005 (06:07 pm)

What I'm Feeling At The Moment: cheerful
What I'm Listening To At The Moment: "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" by Kimberley Locke

I was doing some surfing around this amazing little thing we call the internet and found a few old sites I once had running. On one of them, I found my award-winning poem from 8th grade called "Hugs".

It came in third in the HBO Family Channel's Express Your Heart campaign.

Here's a link proving it! http://www.hbofamily.com/eyh/eyh_written.html

And here's the poem:

There's something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part.

A hug's a way to share the joy
And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you 'cause you're you.

Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care;
From your Grandma to your neighbor,
Or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing.
It's just the perfect way
To show the love you're feeling
But can't find the words to say.

It's funny how a simple hug
Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and language,
It's always understood.

And hugs don't need new equipment,
Special batteries or parts.
Just open up your arms
And open up your hearts.

--March 13, 2002

Enclosed below is the letter I received with my prize from the contest.
May 29, 2002

Colin Bice
4224 --- Rd
Fort Worth, TX -----

Dear Prize Winner

CONGRATULATIONS! We are pleased to announce that you are one of the Written Category Finalists in HBO's Express Your Heart Competition. The prize you have won is: A one-year subscription to Teen People and Cartier Pen And Stationary set.

We will proceed to make arrangements to have your prize send to you at the address indicated above. If this address has changed, please advise us as soon as possible. It will take approximately ninety (90) to one hundred twenty (120) days from the date of this letter to complete arrangements for your prize.

It is not possible to substitute another prize for the one you have won. Prizes can be awarded only as indicated in the contest rules. Any tax liability is the sole repsonsibility of the prize winner.

On behalf of HBO, we thank you for entering their competition and hope that you will enjoy your prize.



Donna Andreasen
Client Services


The odd thing is that my subsription has never ceased. I've been getting free Teen People magazines for a number of years now. Am I one to complain? No.