Ah, the holidays – a time for family, food and….physical contact?
The Girl Scouts just released an article urging parents not to force their girls to hug or kiss family members or friends if their girls are reticent.
“Telling your child that she owes someone a hug either just because she hasn’t seen this person in a while or because they gave her a gift can set the stage for her questioning whether she “owes” another person any type of physical affection when they’ve bought her dinner or done something else seemingly nice for her later in life,” the article states.
And I say: BRAVO GIRL SCOUTS. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN I WAS 12?
OK. I’m not a hugger. (Unless it’s Wally. He’s very huggable.)
It’s not that I don’t love friends and family. It’s just weirdly uncomfortable for me. I don’t know. Pressing your body up against a total stranger or even close relative gives me the VAPORS sometimes.
Also: THEY MIGHT FEEL MY BACK FAT.
But I’m adult. I can shake hands or lean in for a kiss on the cheek. I’m in control. When you’re a kid and someone is forcing you to kiss or hug someone? Blech. And PS Girl Scouts? This goes for the boys, too.
Just ask Eddie Murphy about his Aunt Bunny! (NSFW but not awful either.)