Editor’s note: The following letter was forwarded by Marcus Dowd on behalf of the author, his wife Elin Dowd, in thehopes that it might inspire a bit of kind-ness in Claremont
]Dear Editor:Hug. Last night, I set out for my run. Iuse “run” in the very loosest of terms, as itwas really a fast walk, not even a jog. Asusual, I started by heading over theThompson Creek Bridge. As I came pastthe bushes, at the entry, I could see awoman and her 3-year-oldish daughtercrossing the bridge, so I held back to makesure there was enough room. As soon as the little brown-haired-withhuge-brown-eyes girl saw me she startedyelling, “Hug!” and came running towardsme, wrapping her arms around my leg. I was caught a little off-guard withiPhone in hand, and unexpectedly pattedher back with my left arm. It was a mea-ger attempt at a hug with a little stranger. As we parted, the mom said softly,“Sorry.” However, I thanked her for giv-ing my run such a nice start. As I turnedaround to depart, I heard very loud andclear, “Another hug!” This time I wasready I turned around, squatted down andopened both arms to embrace this littlegirl. Satisfied, we both parted ways andcontinued on our journeys. I’m pretty sureas I left them I heard her mom starting the“We don’t hug strangers” discussion. What a great moment. Why don’t wespontaneously ask for hugs from strangerswhen we really need them? I may neversee this family again but, if I do, I will in-troduce myself, as to never be considereda stranger again and to always be ready forthe genuine warmth and friendly greetingthat came from this adorable toddler.
Claremont COURIER/Friday, May 23, 2014
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CORRECTION In the Friday, May 16 edition of theCOURIER, it was mistakenly reportedin the Police Blotter that the wife of Phillip Hagen had called police afterhe allegedly attempted to hit her with acar and kicked two kittens. The call topolice was actually made by Mr.Hagen’s ex-wife, the reporting victim.We apologize for the error.
City, schools closed Monday for Memorial Day
In celebration of Memorial Day, cityhall and services, as well as all publicschools, will be closed Monday, May 26.Residents are invited by American Le-gion Keith Powell Post 78 to MemorialDay services on Monday at 11 a.m. at OakPark Cemetery.Additionally, the Costanoan/OhloneRumsen Carmel Tribe will host a benefitconcert for homeless veterans on SundayMay 25 at the Fox Theater in Pomona.Doors open at 6 p.m., the show starts at 7p.m. The concert will be headlined byGrammy award-winner Micki Free, whowill be joined by other Native Americanartists Redbone, Angela Lazon and come-dian Jim Ruel and also Hank Linderman.Actor Saginaw Grant, most recently from“The Lone Ranger” and actress MarianaTosca are masters of ceremony. Tickets for the concert are $25 for gen-eral admission, $50 for orchestra seating,and $75 for VIP/loge seating. Ticketsmay be purchased online at www.foxpomona.com. Call (909) 623-7889 formore information.