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Friday, May 29, 2009

I need a hug

Apparently all the time.

I noticed this when Jennifer sees her friends as she comes to school, while she's talking to them after school and oh, if they meet at games few hours later, hugs again.

I'm not alone in this observation, according to the New York Times story on the topic last week. There are girl-girl hugs, girl-guy (not romantic) and guy-guy (usually preceded by a high-five or knuckle nudge).

It's almost ritualistic, like dogs greeting each other after a hunt, or being apart any time at all. I know some frazzled principals, esp. in middle school, have banned all physical contact, but this doesn't seem to be working. They hug anyway.

I found it interesting in this article that in a text, Facebook world, and since physical contact with the parents in uncool, maybe the 13-18 set do crave some physical contact.

Of course, that doesn't mean they want to see PDA's (public displays of affection) from parents. Ick.

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