Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 1:50 PM EDT
Kissing and hugging are greetings and signs of affection. Hand holding to some is an expression of intimacy. There is nothing wrong with any one of those gestures unless people make more out of it than what it is depending on the circumstance.
A peck on the cheek is okay with me, i can understand that. The french-kiss, however, is so utterly disgusting to me and i’m a fully grown woman. I see it all the time on television and i see it on the street-people exchanging their saliva. I don’t see what they get out of it.
Hugs give comfort when needed and is a sensible and caring way of expressing an emotion. Hand holding, to me, can also be a way of comforting someone and giving them support. In other ways it is viewed as much more. In my opinion, a hand is just a hand but i had to learn that others don’t always see through my eyes.
Years back, me and an older associate use to sometimes walk down the street holding hands. And there was absolutely nothing sexual between us, he didn’t even have but one tooth in his mouth. He knew my family members and i looked at it like a play grandpa sort of thing.
Some made such a big deal about it, i guess because he was old and maybe after a while he as a man would eventually want to take it farther. I didn’t care though because i wasn’t going to give him any of my “untouchable” stuff, and if anything got intense all i had to do was beat him down with his cane.