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Is it safe to hug? Let’s talk about it.

In the spring of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, during a statewide “stay-at-home” order, I found myself working at home with Sam the cat, an 18-pound brown tabby who’s an affectionate boy—if he feels like it.

Sam the Cat Hug #1 Photo

The problem began when I tried to hug the cat when he didn’t feel like it. This happened a lot. I remained cooped up, feeling hug-deprived. The more I hugged the cat, the more he resisted. Spring melted into summer, into fall. The leaves turned and fell.

Sam the Cat #2 Photo

Finally, we learned a vaccine was on the way. Hope seeped into our lives. I started to envision the future…

Sam the Cat Hug #3 Photo

I wondered when we could all start hugging people safely again… Would it be awkward? Would getting a Covid-19 vaccine mean you could start hugging as if it were 2019? Would we have to wear masks to hug safely?

The news from the CDC is positive about resuming normal life once vaccinated. Until more of us get our vaccines, however, we’re going to have to talk about it and express our boundaries. Hug Me Tees were created to spark the conversation.

Exciting new products to come …

The Hug Me Designs Idea Factory is churning out fresh new products that will combine our love of watersports, yoga, and making happy art… Stay tuned!

Thank you for checking out our tees!

Molly Winans, Chief Executive Hugger

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Remember: It’s a tee shirt, not a Superman Shield. Read the CDC's latest news on healthy behavior before and after vaccinations here