Continent of Kisses

A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point.  That’s basic spelling that every woman ought to know.

~ Mistinguett (Jeanne Bourgeois)

Go ahead, slap some more pejorative labels on my culture. We, North Americans, have been known to promote obesity, drugs, alcohol, violence, imperialism, slavery, colonialism, war, and–kissing. You heard me, kissing! How fantastic is it that, despite all of our numerous transgressions, we are recognized as the culture that developed kissing? That we have been a fertile continent of Eskimo kisses, air kisses, butterfly kisses, kisses of peace, friendly kisses, cultural kisses, parental kisses and the all familiar romantic kiss!

There’s just something about the term itself that makes me smile. No, I was not thinking about Gene Simmons (sorry Gene). Being half Italian, kissing is in my genes. But I’ve found that I’ve had to restrain myself, on more than one occasion, so as not to make non-kissers uncomfortable. If you’re reading this and I intimidated you by a PDA, I apologize. I’m working on it. But what if what the world needs now is love and–a kiss?

For you skeptics, try it and let me know how it goes. You don’t have to begin like the French do with a left cheek kiss, right cheek kiss and then another left cheek kiss. Start small. Kiss your wife’s hand. Give your baby an Eskimo kiss. You might feel awkward at first but press on. You can do it. Let’s start a kissing revolution. One that involves thirty-four facial muscles and one hundred and twelve postural muscles. If we kiss more, who knows what could happen? World peace? Global empathy? Less violence? More love? I’m in, are you?

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10 thoughts on “Continent of Kisses”

  1. So a French kiss starts with a left cheek kiss and a right cheek kiss? I thought you’d stick your tongue out at the get go! First the etiquette in spooning and now kissing. Thanks for these foreplay posts! 🙂

  2. lucky i grew up in a household where physical affection is a MUST! we’re not italian but we got it from somewhere. so glad!

  3. Yes, the world needs more kisses! I have always been a big believer in showing your affection, and for me that’s hugs and kisses. Every single day. Even if you’re mad. You never know what the future holds.

    1. 🙂 Yes! I was fortunate to be raised in a loving home where it’s okay to expression negative and positive emotions. It’s where I also learned the power of the two words, “I’m sorry.” It’s true, Laura. We never know what tomorrow might bring.

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