Holding Hands

There is something special about holding hands and the human touch. An intimate, non-verbal way to say many things. To show emotion, support, help, friendship, affection. A handshake can also mean a closeness, peace, a comforting gesture or a sign of welcome.

How and why people hold hands depends on the culture and gender. But it is a universal act around the world. In African and Arab countries men and boys use it as a sign of respect and friendship. In the U.S. a mom uses it as a means to control the child as she crosses the street.

It's such a simple gesture but sometimes it is one of the first overt social acts between a young boy and girl. Many times even before the first kiss! Many churches have a congregational handshake or linking of hands to show fellowship, community, a welcoming gesture or a sign of peace.

See the old couple, with years of experience, and still on their journey together clasp hands effortlessly. The grip so familiar and still comforting after all these years.

Reach out and touch someone.

Dave scullin


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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:18 AM, 11.12.2013