Labels: Culture, Etiquette, Everything in Between, Hugging, Hugs, Nigeria, Nigerian Pidgin English, Personalities
I know the title says "huggers," but this post really applies to everyone: huggers and non-huggers alike. In my own experience, I have come across three major categories of people when it comes to hugs. I decided to group them as you will see in the subsequent paragraphs.
But before we jump in, I might as well confess, that I belong to the 2nd team: Team NoNearMe. To a certain extent.
Oya, let me explain myself.
No. 1 - Team iLoveHugs
As you might have deduced from the title, those who belong to this team, love hugs. It's one of the ways they express love and affection, but they don't mind hugging complete strangers. Do I need to explain further? I don't think so. You already know if you belong to this team. Stand and be counted!
No. 2 - Team NoNearMe
Now, members of this team don't like hugs period. The "no near me" is pidgin English, in case you were wondering. It just means "Don't come near me." How original, I know. *rolls eyes*
And this is my default. I would rather shake your hand than hug you. That's just me. But because no one lives in isolation (you have a community of people around you, I assume), I am surrounded by people who mostly belong to Team iLoveHugs. You can imagine the amount of scolding and "hugging by force" I get on a regular basis.
I have been forced to somewhat change my ways or at least find a middle ground for now.
No. 3 - Team AnythingGoes
This team, as the name suggests, is for those who are ambivalent towards hugs. They simply don't care. It makes no difference to them whether you want to hug them or not. They can hug or not hug you for the exact same reason: they don't care.
If you belong to this team, you know yourself o!
So, what about you: What team do you belong to? Do you like hugs, can't stand them or don't care? Did I miss any group of huggers? Let's hear it!
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