Sometimes you just need a hug.
And that time is called hug time.
And the coronavirus pandemic has put a pin in a lot of recent hug time sessions.
But the people are revolting and they refuse to go without their hugs.
Families across the country are coming up with inventive ways to get their hugs in a safer way.
That’s how Carly Marinaro ended up building a “hug time” machine.
It’s a curtain that would allow Marinaro’s children to huge their great-grandmother while still maintaining a barrier between them.
“I was getting to the point of oh my gosh I can’t handle this,” Marinaro told CBS Chicago. “I need to hug her. The kids need to hug her. So it was just so worth it.”
Marinaro decided to build her device after seen a similar video online where people used plastic bags in order to embrace.
“Nana has been longing to hug her babies,” Marinaro told Fox 10 Phoenix.
Her hug machine is built from PVC pipe, clear plastic, livestock disposable gloves, and some serious love.
She gave more specific instructions on her Facebook page:
- 3 X 7’ PVC 1 1/2” Ace cut them for me
- 4 X 3’ PVC 1 1/2” Ace cut them for me
- 2 X elbow piece
- 2 X T shaped piece
- 1 window insulator kit for sliding glass door
- 1 duct tape roll for all joints and edges
- 1 pack livestock disposable gloves @Blain’s
3 X 7’ PVC 1 1/2” Ace cut them for me 4 X 3’ PVC 1 1/2” Ace cut them for me2 X elbow piece 2 X T shaped piece1…
The PVC pipes are used to create the frame. The window insulation is used as a curtain over the frame.
Holes are placed into the curtain at different heights for the adults and children to place their arms through.
The gloves are placed through the holes for safe hugging.
Marinaro placed the hug machine in her backyard.
Nana was over the moon when she finally got to hug her grandbabies.
“My heartfelt like it was going to burst,” grandma Rose Gagnon said. “It filled my heart.”
As soon as Nana’s car pulled up the little ones all started yelling out for their Nana.
They were jumping up and down and cheering.
“It’s hug time!” one of them proclaimed.
Then they waited in line to hug her. There was some serious adorableness going on here.
“My turn,” one impatiently said. “My turn!”
They really wanted to hug their Nana. I don’t think anyone, however, was happier than Nana.
“Oh, I love you!” Nana told her grandchildren. “Come on, I got seconds! This is something else. I’m so happy.”
Nana also asked each of her little ones to see their smile as she held their grinning faces.
The video of the hug time machine in action has been viewed almost 2,000 times on Facebook.
“That was so sweet, makes me want to fly to AZ and do this with my grandparents,” said one commenter on Facebook.
“This is so amazing. So many people would love this idea. You could hear the joy in mom’s voice being able to hug her great grand kids, and the joy in your kids being able to hug her. What a great idea! You are one smart cookie!” said another.
Lots of people said the video brought them to tears.
Thanks to Marinaro’s ingenuity, her family was able to clock some serious hug time and inspire other families to clock some hug time of their own.
You can watch Marinaro’s hug time machine video below.
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A must watch for a little joy. Nana has been longing to hug her babies!This makes my heart so happy. Feel free to share if you like.*** This video has not been authorized to be sold or licensed for the purpose of generating money. It was made to just spread a little happiness*** Thank you for all the love and happy sharing!
Posted by Carly Marinaro on Tuesday, May 12, 2020