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The insidious spread of social kissing

This may be a reflection more on the circles in which I move but has anyone else noticed that social kissing has become really rather prevalent?

There was a time when you were free from the risk of kissing from all and sundry except when in close proximity to mistletoe – handshaking was fine with most people and a peck on the cheek for family members

Increasingly I find myself ambushed by enthusiastic social kissers – it’s one thing to give a good friend a hug and a quick one/two but even fairly new acquaintances seem to consider it ok to lean in for a quick double kiss

I’m progressive, I can cope with that – nice change from the British reserve and so on

But the problem is that the line between business and pleasure appears to be increasingly blurred.  It’s that time of year when there’s more work socialising – a range of drinks events, coffees and lunches, all of which now appear to put me in the firing line to be manhandled and have my personal space invaded by all and sundry

Awkward doesn’t start to touch on how I must look – you go in for a nice, comfortable, old style handshake and suddenly find someone’s face FAR too close to yours and them mid-kiss

I can’t be the only one who then gets stuck trying to decide whether to leap backwards out of range or to reluctantly join in and, as a result, finds themselves fumbling the whole thing and risking looking too enthusiastic about the process as I frantically try to catch up with the whole thing – getting the right bit of body in the right place at the right time when you’ve been surprised by the manoeuvre in the first place is not easy!

I’ve tried proffering a very outstretched hand for a handshake whilst leaning back as far as I can, only to discover some chaps are so enthusiastic about social kissing they sort of us your arm to pull you in closer and you find yourself holding hands awkwardly as they lunge towards your cheek

Was there a memo sent around explaining that The New Thing in professional circles is to get up close and personal?

Has my new cologne made me devastating attractive to the opposite sex? (here’s where I admit I’m ‘borrowing’ Mr M’s having run out and there still being a few weeks to run until Christmas…)

Or is it just that social kissing is spreading like a nasty sort of mould?

As Littler would say ‘kissy wissy’ or rather not?

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