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October 9, 2020

I don't remember being a big "huggy" family before 1980.  I think we hugged, of course, but it wasn't a big deal.

Then came 1980 and Brasilians.  Brasilians hug.  People from Chile hug.  They hug and kiss, once on each cheek.  Our first group of Brasilians was 10 students and whenever we went anywhere, before we could leave, everybody had to hug and kiss everybody else.  It could take half an hour before we could all leave.

It made "Hour Baur" seem like a little thing.

After many years and many Brasilians, hugs just became "us."  We hug everybody.  Some nationalities are not comfortable with hugs.  We had to kind of teach the Japanese students to be comfortable with hugging.

Some people are not comfortable hugging at all. We have a friend who seems to like hugging, but likes to hug at arm's length.  I don't remember, over many years, ever being swept into a full body hug, but more like a hug with lots of space between bodies and hands tapping the back a couple of  times. Kind of like this.

Hugs are something that the coronavirus has taken from us.  We can hug each other in the house, of course, because we all live together, but you can't greet other people with a hug any more.  I see people making hugging movements toward each other, but from 6 feet apart.  It's not the same thing.

An internet page about the benefits of hugging says this is an OK way to hug during the pandemic.

But if the rules are not to get too close to other people, this isn't really going to work.

I like to think it would be nice to hug my mother like this again, though.

I wonder if we will ever get back to the point where we can meet and greet friends and even strangers with a nice big hug.

It makes me sad to think that we won't.



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