Saturday, July 2, 2011
ON SHAKING HANDS
I realize that many an essay have been written on the subject of shaking hands, none of which I have read or will read. BORING. Nonetheless, I was left to wondering . . . Yesterday my friend and I had a meeting in Boston with folks we had never met before. When we arrived, we all shook right hands. (All, that is, except my friend and I. We did not shake hands with each other!) When we left, we again shook right hands. This morning I started thinking. (A rare moment, I realize. Nevertheless . . .) In what relationships does an initial meeting require the shaking of hands? If the person has just coughed, covering his mouth with the right hand, are we still required to shake it? Yikes! When in a relationship do we stop shaking hands and simply say hi? Does it depend upon the relationship? Upon the length of acquaintance? Help me out here . . .