Will Unwound #845: “Hugs and Kisses”September 27, 2013
There was a time in my life when it was a universally acknowledged fact that boys and girls were different. Then Betty Friedan wrote a book entitled The Feminine Mystique (who says books do not change the world?) and gradually over a period of a couple of decades it became a universally acknowledged fact that boys and girls were not different. Of all the changes that have occurred in my lifetime the change in the way we view gender has been the biggest. Girls do everything that boys do. They become doctors, lawyers, and truck drivers. They play all the sports men do.
Ah…sports. The past two months I have devoted a great deal of time coaching two different soccer teams; my grandson Connor’s team and my granddaughter Sophia’s team. Both teams play hard and both teams like to socialize. But there the sameness ends. The boys like to socialize by wrestling each other to the ground. The girls like to socialize by giving hugs and then forming a circle to talk and giggle.
The biggest problem I have had with the girls team is to stop them from hugging on the field. It tends to be distracting. I told them boys don’t hug.
Oh how wrong I was! Boys do hug. Check out this short video of the New York Yankees game last night: hugs and kisses.