I also am grateful for the member (one of few male attendees) who came back into the room after the meeting to say, "Smitty, I need to give YOU a hug!" I was so glad, because often I am a hug initiator. I felt a little less like a pushy-person today, because someone sought me out instead.
What really made it great was that he turned to me to give his daughter (she is the most present person I know and young woman of few words) a hug too, and looked right at me as he did so. He said, "So many of us did not get THIS growing up. That is why I came back to give you a hug."
Yes, that is the power of meeting fellow-shipping, when old-timers stick around to make sure that newbies like me get the message. We are about unconditional love and healing.