Embracing Awkwardness

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  1. When in Rome…? And according to the culture. My Iranian relatives always do a kiss on each cheek. If not wildly inappropriate or open to misinterpretation, get the benefit of that lovely oxytocin uplift: http://www.internetevangelismday.com/blog/archives/9553

  2. Anonymous says:

    This gave me a good chuckle this morning! It also reminded me of how normal and expected hugging is in a Hispanic culture like Ecuador. I set records weekly for being hugged by ladies of all ages while we were there. The only difference is, they sort of “kiss the air” beside your head. It is one of those things I miss about Ecuador. Mostly because it demonstrated how important relationships ( the good kind) are in that culture.

  3. Mom says:

    I don’t know who “Anonymous” is who wrote the comment above, but that was exactly where my mind headed — to Ecuador. Lots of embraces and not one but TWO kisses from total strangers, one on each side of the face. Anonymous is right. The kisses don’t normally land on your cheek but become puffs of air whizzing by your ear. You, Danny, are a prime example of the “I’ve got to have my personal space” mentality — typical North American that you are. In Latin America, that mentality doesn’t exist. The closer the better. Try standing in line or riding the trolley in that setting.
    Yes — hug.
    Yes — leave your house, armed and aware.
    No — Toby’s toilet abilities will not improve.
    Yes — it’s okay to hug a stranger if it’s “the Little Old Lady from Pasadena” or someone from the same generation in the US OR anywhere in Central or South America.

  4. Amy Hill says:

    When in Rome…..hug!

  5. 5522goldenmoss says:

    Drench your shirt with water to make it look like you’re very sweaty….even if its 15 degrees outside. Nobody wants to hug somebody who is extremely sweaty.

    That…or make sure one of your boys is in between you and this neighbor.

  6. falynsmiles1 says:

    Wow I sure am glad I got my hug Sunday morning!! … but you know I am a hugger from way back and I must say that it is totaly biblical as I have pointed out to an anonymous non hugging-kissing church member from another church of course….. it is okay to greet one another with a hug or even a holy kiss…ohhhh but I do love the kiss in the air….

    2 Corinthians 13:12
    Greet one another with a holy kiss

    So consider yourself greeted…. And I have no makeup left on my face from laughing so hard.. please publish this Book of Frankness so that I can share with all my friends…..
    Oh And it is toally okay to hug your stranger, it may be the only hug or kiss that she has given or gotten all day..(or week)

  7. Debbie Franks Gowan says:

    Oh my dear sweet little brother…were you not the very one who hugged & kissed everything & everybody when you were a kid? Oh my goodness boy! I know I taught you better! Hug the woman Danny…just hug the woman!! Geez!

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