|Of 'Huggers' and 'Shakers'|
Among the hunters on our place some several years
ago were a delightful couple, Bobby and "Sug" Ferris. Both
enjoyed being outdoors, and Sug, in
addition to hunting, was also publisher of a
sportsman's magazine. I was by their camp one day, and Sug said something
that pleased me very much. Without thinking, I impulsively, gave her a
And then I thought, "What am I doing? Bobby (who happened to be away at the moment) was twice as big and twice as young as I. As for Sug, she too was twice as young, and although a very personable young lady, was somewhat larger and of a more athletic build than I."
I hastily said, "Sug, I hope you will excuse me. I am, as you well know, a very harmless elderly person, and I have heard it said that some people are "huggers" and some are "shakers," and I just happen to be a "hugger."So I lucked out.
But with today's terminology and court cases of alleged sexual harassment (regardless of one's age), to avoid possible misunderstandings and misinterpretations, just maybe I should change from hugging to shaking.... or maybe even (or especially) when greeting persons of the same sex. In order to offend no one, maybe I should just wave, being very careful to avoid any suggestive gestures, of course.
Good gracious. Good grief. Goodbye.
Printed in The MESSENGER magazine, March/April 1998