I watch as my kids get ready to say go to bed, say goodbye, or whatever–and turn to give their daddy a kiss. They pucker up, lean in, and so does he, but right before their lips touch he turns his head to instead receive a kiss on the cheek.
Sometimes he’ll turn too soon and our son or daughter will turn as well, realigning for the lips. They’ll do a face tango until one of them finds victory.
He says: Huh?
She says: Why do you always turn your head, that’s not a real kiss!
He says: They don’t need to kiss me on the lips. That’s weird.
She says: No it’s not! They kiss me on the lips, and each other! Don’t psyche them out like that!
He says: They kiss each other on the lips? They don’t need to do that.
She says: Oh my gosh, really? It’s cute. Let’s just enjoy it while it lasts.
I watched him later as he let our kids lay one right smack dab on the lips. He tried to hold out, but couldn’t wait to wipe it off. I decided to let that slide, and get into that back and forth conversation another day.
But I know it’s only a matter of time until they don’t want to kiss us on the lips, or give us hugs, or be seen with us in public (oh please, never let that day come!).
I was raised by lip-kissers, so it’s no big deal to me. My dad didn’t like the lip action from us either, but we didn’t mind. And kisses from my babies are some of the sweetest gifts they give me. I can’t imagine turning away or wiping them off… Unless it was a snot-faced kiss, but I’d at least wait until they weren’t looking before rubbing it away.
What say you? Are you lip kissers at your house? Or are you not a fan of kissing on the lips?