I consider myself to be a very tactile person.
I love to give and receive hugs and touch the arm or hand of whoever I’m communicating with – even though I used to hate it when my mom did that to me!
I don’t shop for clothes very often, but when I do, I’m sure I’m known around here as “the Sleeve Toucher”. There’s nothing better than to grasp the sleeve of something on the rack and feel the texture – I especially adore the soft and snuggly fabrics.
When someone is grieving, they can feel the thousands of unspoken comforting words you have for them in a hug.
A handshake can say, “pleased to meet you”, or “so nice to see you again” or “I acknowledge that you exist.”
Babies in the hospital nursery get a “failure to thrive” diagnosis if they are not picked up and held enough.
A hospital patient can experience comfort when someone kisses their forehead or brushes the hair away from their eyes.
We can also touch people with our actions, but that is for another post!
Remember that old commercial, “Reach out and touch someone”?? Well, that is still good advice for every day.