During the holidays, because I’m out and about socializing, I am more aware of people touching me. What is the appropriate touch back? My southern friend is always very chummy in a cozy way, but I’m not used to chatting in such a physically tight manner arm and arm. And yet I find it warming. When greeting most friends, when we approach I’m not sure if we’re both aiming a kiss toward a cheek or their lips.
–SR, Brooklyn, NY
- An example of an exception would be meeting the in-laws for the first time. You've heard about them and they've been in your life even though you've never met in the flesh.