Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I've been doing a lot of kissing since I moved to the UK.
As I'm sure you all know, in Europe people greet each other with light kisses on the cheek. I hear they do this in the US in places like Hollywood and New York City. But not in places like my hometown of Okemos, Michigan.
It's been a lot to get used to, especially for a socially inept, clumsy oaf such as myself.
Sometimes I think people are going to kiss me when instead they hug. Sometimes they kiss instead. Brits kiss one cheek, continental Europeans kiss both cheeks (and may repeat!). I blush every single time a male friend kisses me.
All that said, I do find it a nice tradition, much warmer than a handshake or an enthusiastic hello. I just wish there was some sort of kissing manual. Perhaps that can be my next book project.