My life is crazy right now, so I apologize for not having a lot of time to write something highly intuitive and impactful (as opposed to my normal posts – Mac-n-Cheese impacts everyone, you know).
However, I do have a few minutes for a quick rant. I’m so fed up with the mass acceptance of social kissing. It’s quickly replacing the handshake in both business and social scenarios. When I see a woman I’ve not seen in a while or is that a friend, I have no problem extending a hug to them. My issue is when they assume I’m going to kiss them on the cheek, lean in and bump their head on the side of mine. It’s quite embarassing and a little awkward for me.
I’ve made up my mind that I am not kissing under any circumstance. If that means several bumped heads and bruised temples, than so be it. I’m making no excuses for it nor will I apologize. Don’t assume that the natural move is to lean in for a kiss. I don’t want to kiss. I have no reason to kiss. And quite frankly I don’t really understand why others do it. Does it mean you’re more of a friend? Or you missed them more and you’re just THAT much happier to see them? Are there degrees of greetings now? Do I have to throw some slobber to prove how glad I am to see someone?
And, if I were the guy who didn’t mind kissing as a greeting, I would still be ranting. Here’s why – not all women do it. Let’s say I lean in for a Cousin Eddie kiss as the woman is caught off-guard. Maybe she doesn’t lean in for it resulting in a kiss that’s a little too close for comfort? What then, hmmmmm? We’re right back to a state of awkwardness.
So you see, no matter what the kiss just isn’t a good move. Let’s put it up there with Tyler Perry, the phrase ‘You go girl’ and live strong bracelets and just get rid of it.
Back to work.