Whilst on holiday (when was that again) oh ja about 3 weeks ago. I thought about the awkwardness of greeting relatives and acquaintances. I mean seriously why is there no guideline or something written about how to greet who, when . It is desperately needed and should be taught in schools.
For example if I do not know you, have never met you, even if my sister , mom , best friend raves about you, I don’t care if you are male or female, if today is the first time I meet you…a handshake will do thank you very much.
The same goes for the uncles and aunts whom I only see once a year and never speak a word to.
As for those friends of friends who we happen to befriend on Facebook we can hug , you know the not full on contact but the sideways , only our shoulders meet hug would suffice.
My true friends I hug and perhaps kiss on the cheek.
I really only want a kiss on the mouth from my siblings and parents and yet I am forced to kiss total strangers or I get the look from my husband who thinks I am being a snob. This past holiday I have learned to be the first to offer my hand or just cross my arms and smile because seriously I am too old to allow just anyone in my personal space.