It has come up a number of times where someone I barely know would give me the hello or goodbye hug. Now I am not adverse to hugging. In fact I kind of crave it. My only problem is that I don’t have enough experience to hug properly. The only person I’ve hugged (boy that’s a funny word the more you think about it) is my mom. I’m OK at that but these other people aren’t mom. I hardly even know them.
When I am caught in an unexpected stranger-hug I would say I probably compare to a limp handshake. I just don’t know how to do it properly and probably come off as not returning the affection and I feel badly afterwards worrying that they may think that. You know how it feels to get a limp handshake? What do you think about that person? I guess what I need is practice. Maybe a teacher. I don’t suppose anyone out there gives hugging lessons? I’ll pay!