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I'm with you, hon. I can't stand it when people I don't know, invade my space.

But my family and friends? Much different. ;)
(((for you!)))


Yeah I was going to argue with this stance. You see when Lisa and I first met she insisted on hugging my whole family. It was a nice sentiment, but we are English... We don't (as a rule) say "I love you" unless it's during sex. Also, we don't hug... anyone. You had better be on your death bed if you expect a hug! We just don't do that, it isn't proper! So at first my parents where a little freaked out by the whole Italian hugging thing... They got used to it though and now I think they like it. Personally I still can be surprised by it. In a good way I might add. Dex was over this week and he is now 6 feet tall! He wears shoes 2 sizes bigger than mine (I'm 6'1") and he's 13 years old! He hit the door and ran inside and gave me a big bear hug. He almost squeezed the life out of me! ...and he broke my heart one more time, I love him so much! But that is between you and I, don't ever tell him! That would NOT be very English of me!


- Martin


I'm a hugger, I'll admit it. It's more personal than a handshake and less questionable than a kiss on the cheek.

My husband comes from a huge Italian family and they aren't much for hugging. I always took it as a Midwest thing- especially when I'm in some other part of the country and they look scared when I go to hug them goodbye. (Plus I'm almost 6 feet tall so I'm sure it could be scary at times.) I found the least huggy people in the south and the east coast. I went to a family reunion in Alabama a few years ago and the southern part of the family looked at the northern part of the family like we were lepers when we went to hug them goodbye. My southern mother isn't much of a hugger either.


Growing up as an only child with Most close relatives living in another state, I didn't have much opportunity to hug very many people.

I was a little freaked out about it at first when my Grandma came running at me yelling, "Come here, precious and give me some sugar!", after all, it was the South!

I'm pretty sure Hubby didn't get a lot of hugs as a kid. I guess it just depends on how you're raised. I do like to hug, if it's someone I know I'll be seeing a lot of, or a loved one.


My aunt J was like that, Nadine. Italian lady, raised in the South, moved to the Mitten.


I am a very affectionate person, and a BIG hugger...but I can understand that some people don't care for that.

That being said, Lisa, I'm sending you a BIG hug from here, girl! LOL. Love ya.

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