At birth, nurses, doctors and specialists advise parents to hold the newborn close to them,against their warm naked skin for bonding. Moms and dads are encouraged to do this especially during feeding times.This helps to develop a sense of closeness, a physical connection between two humans. Then, as children grow a bit and are just learning to feed themselves, parents cringe at the sight of sticky dirty hands rampaging toward their clean clothes.Eating at this stage of development is messy and that’s a fact. We will not be physically bonding right now over a meal!
As we grow and develop, this desire or lack of desire for physical closeness develops as well. Some people are huggers and others, let’s just say, are NOT! So how does this come into play in the catering and event world. Well, often our clients are engaged couples, we are joining together for their wedding menu tasting. For hours, we sit, talk, eat and share ourselves with each other. Many of these shares revolve around childhood food memories, some good and some bad. Association of flavors, smells and textures can conjure up all kinds of emotional recall. When it’s over and time to depart, what is the appropriate gesture? A hand shake, hug, wave and smile? Sometimes it’s difficult to tell. Those that love to touch and hug, crave that closeness and will feel empty without that gesture. Then others are as stiff as a board at the mere suggestion of an embrace of a hug. What somany unsuspecting brides and grooms do not realize is, that like it or not, you will be the targeted recipient of that oh so uncomfortably long hug by at least one, if not more, of your wedding guests. Let’s hope they don’t have the dirty hands. Best to prepare yourself now!Tell us you funniest long hug story, we all have one!