“I’m going on record right now, that was my last kiss hello. I am getting off the kiss program with her.”
“Well, frankly, outside of a sexual relationship, I don’t see the point to it. I’m not thrilled with all the handshaking either, but one step at a time.”
- Jerry and Elaine, in “The Kiss Hello” (Season 6: Episode 103)
What is UP with the kiss hello? Am I waking up a decade or so late on this?
It seems that shaking hands is now the province of the strictly stuffy, and kissing is the new black. Even in professional situations (which I fail to understand.) I have experienced, numerous times, a puzzled look when I extend a hand instead of a cheek at a meeting with colleagues. Colleagues I barely know!
I am no prude (although, officially, in Jewish circles, religiously observant people don’t generally hug / kiss unrelated members of the opposite sex) but I feel like there is something amiss here, unrelated to my affiliations.
We are so careful with our boundaries as far as what we will say or are allowed to ask; how much we will reveal to others about ourselves – real stuff, not tweets / status updates; are so careful with etiquette and rules and phrasing things exactly right…and yet: Everyone in our inbox gets to touch us with their mouths?
Has personal space been replaced by personal distance?
(OK. How Carrie Bradshaw was that sentence?)
Dear reader: I look to you for guidance. Is it just me?
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