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What a kiss can say

May 12th, 2004 · 6 Comments

I’ve been thinking about the power of physical affection. Words are only one way to speak. They can be used creatively, as my toddler has learned to do with “Mama”, using it to express everything from gratitude to emergency. And as anyone knows, “I love you” can mean different things depending on the phrasing and accent. Whether you say it as a question or an exclamation. Whether you emphasize the “I” or the “you”. Or if you stress that it is “love” you are offering this person.

Physical affection though is perhaps more powerful for its nuances. Who can put into words what a touch says? And perhaps the two people participating would each have a different interpretation of what was being expressed.

There are first kisses and there are thousand and first kisses. Being married to Ted for twelve years, it’s not as if a kiss is something new. But then again, a kiss can still say something new, even after so many times.

I’ve been thinking about how many kinds of kisses there are…

The good night kiss
The good morning kiss
The I haven’t brushed my teeth yet kiss
The Sleeping Beauty(Handsome?) wake-up kiss.

The hello kiss at the airport
The goodbye kiss at the airport
The come home early kiss
The biological urge, Baby! kiss

The kiss when the kids aren’t looking
The kiss when the kids are looking
The kiss when everyone is watching you at your wedding
The kiss when you are alone on your honeymoon
The kiss when you don’t care who sees you

The let’s have fun kiss
The I like you kiss
The this is a habit kiss
The let’s stop now kiss

The first kiss
The kiss that reminds you of the first one
The kiss that reminds you this is not the first one

The kiss that says I’m sorry
The kiss that says Stay
The kiss that says I’m still here
The kiss that says Thank You

The Thank God there’s two of us kiss
The Can you believe what we’ve got?! kiss
The I need you kiss
The I want you kiss

The kiss that says How did we make it through that?
The kiss that says I’ll love you forever and then some
The kiss that says I don’t have words for this..
The kiss that says….it’s time to stop this post now 😉

Tags: marriage

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The Redhead Wore Crimson // May 12, 2004 at 5:59 am


    Julie Leung talks about kisses .

  • 2 Rod Kratochwill's Weblog // May 12, 2004 at 6:59 am


    The Redhead points me to Julie talking about ” What a kiss can say ” .

  • 3 Shephali // May 13, 2004 at 1:17 pm

    Nice! Had fun reading it.:)

  • 4 Mark H. // May 13, 2004 at 10:51 pm

    That… just made my day. Going to send the URL to a very special woman who I think will dig it as much as I did. Bravo!

  • 5 Phil // May 14, 2004 at 12:23 am

    What I’d like to know is how long it takes for Julie to get this sent to her email inbox as an uncredited email forward, it has a certain “forwardable” quality, but it’s nice to see it in its original context.

    Very sweet.

  • 6 Bert-Olof Carbring // Jun 3, 2004 at 3:32 pm

    I like everything who has been writen here at this site about Kissing and Kisses!