Monday, July 5, 2010
I had an interesting conversation with one of my good friends about culture this week. I am originally South African, and she is married to a South African and one thing that we pride ourselves in is family. I always thought that we were a culture that didn't really have that many traditions, but we came across one particular one that seems to be quite different to the Kiwi culture I am immersed in here.
Any occasion that involved family, there would be the kiss. Now this could either be horribly awkward (especially if your uncle has just finished a nicetasty meal that was overly done with garlic) or rather sweet (that first time you get to see Nanna after years of being apart). For many cultures (especially talking about this to some of my friends) the kiss is reserved for that special someone. But I have finally found one tradition that I am super proud of, the kiss. Free for all family. It's one of the bonds that keep us together and keep us family.
So it's time to pucker up and spread the love to family! Aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents, the lot! As a sign of respect, we would even kiss some of the older generation even if they weren't family (such as Nanna's sister or some of her friends).
It's easy to say then, that this Much Love Monday, I love the Kiss.
What's your culture like when it comes to the Kiss?