Go see your people!
(Hug them, tell them you love them. Wriggle noses together! :–: )
We – that’s Debs and David with Daniel and Darley, aged five and three – are taking our family, including Mr Colin Dog (a lively collie!), on an adventurous challenge to Face2Facebook as many as possible of our friends and family who we’ve not seen for too long. We’ve downsized our house in order to afford our lovely shiny new Swift Escape 696 2015 model motorhome – and now we are about to start living this excellent adventure to visit as many of these amazing people as possible.
For each person we Face2Facebook we will donate £2 to charity. We will then put forward that person to Face2Facebook a friend or family member they’ve not seen for at least a year, who they should do their best to visit within the next fortnight and show their support by continuing the £2 charity donation or forfeit at least £4.
For every person visited a face-to-face (or nose-to-nose!) photograph will be posted on Facebook with a mention of who the visited person is going to visit themselves. (We think photos in sepia or mono work the best to give a nostalgic feel and stand out on Facebook.) The visited people then carry this all on. So we hope this F2FB “friendship & family fiesta” easily and swiftly spreads to do a whole lot of good – and make the world go round with love!
Why nose to nose?
Frequently known as an “Eskimo kiss”, pressing nose to nose is loosely based on a traditional Inuit greeting called a kunik. In fact a kunik is a form of expressing affection, usually between family members and loved ones, that involves pressing the nose and upper lip against the skin – often the cheeks, where there are scent glands – and breathing in, causing the loved one’s skin to be suctioned against your nose. You really are breathing in the person you love.
Apparently this greeting didn’t come about so that Inuit people could kiss without their lips freezing together. It was simply a manner of greeting that developed for people who, when they meet, often have only their nose and eyes exposed due to wrapping up warm against the cold.
Similar traits are shown in greetings of other people, such as the Māori, Mongolian nomads and some south-east Asian cultures such as Bengalis, Cambodians and Laotians. As well, some people in the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia greet each other by touching noses.
We like it, and think it’s important that we make a physical connection with those we love when we get to see them (and nose to nose makes for great photos!). Hugging is good too, especially pressing together heart to heart. A traditional handshake can be so formal and stiff, although even that is a pressing of flesh from person to person and that’s a good thing that we connect. But we love a good “nose2nose” – so kunik away with those you love!