It is amazing how a simple touch of one’s lips on another person can be interpreted in so many ways. Whoever invented kissing is a genius.

Asians, particularly the older generation, being more conservative than Westerners, were not used to acts of affection including kissing. Through the years when my grandparents were still alive, I can’t remember them kissing each other, but I do remember my grandma’s kisses. I guess women of her generation find it easier to display affection because it was part of their maternal instinct.

For my grandpa, it was not until the later years of his life that he kissed any of his grandchildren but I never saw him kiss any of his own children. It is probably a notion foreign to his upbringing as men of his generation were supposed to be respected and feared, and to maintain his status as head of the family, he simply does not kiss his children, even in private.

Thankfully, my mum was much more open. She was my first kiss. Here are some of my most memorable kisses:

Good morning wake-up kiss at the tummy to tickle a sleepy head, got that from my mum and lovely aunties.

First kiss on the lips, messy and awkward (I’ll spare you the details here).

Kiss of friendship on the cheeks – My Asian friends don’t do this and I never quite get the sequence right, was it left then right cheek or the other way round?

Forehead kiss, whether it’s between lovers or family members, it gives me a sense of comfort and security.

Goodbye kiss – this is a sad one, the one I remember giving my grandpa the last time I saw him.

Oh, the things I would have missed if kissing was somehow not introduced to me.

So, next time you kissed someone, make it count. J

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  • Tina Downey says:

    Hi Angie!
    Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting Life is Good, and for the warning about needing ice in Malaysia. I’ll be sure to bring some if I ever get the chance to visit 😉
    I’m a huge fan of kissing! On the East Coast of the US, what we call “the kiss hello” is very common, it’s a kiss on the cheek by the person initiating the hello. Here in Colorado, in the middle of the US, we don’t do that.
    I’ve had many memorable kisses, but of course my favorites are my immediate family, though my teenage boys aren’t so fond of me kissing them anymore…
    Tina @ Life is Good
    A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

  • Anupama says:

    Indeed, whoever invented kissing was a genius!!!

  • I am so with you about kisses on the forehead being comforting! I love being kissed there. My husband does it once in a while and I always feel myself relaxing into it. Lovely :)
    Also, you’ve totally piqued my curiosity about your first kiss! 😉

    Thanks for stopping by this week!
    AJ @ Naturally Sweet
    An A-Z Co-host blog
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