I had just finished some shopping, and was on my way out of the store when I spotted a younger couple walking about 30 feet in front of me. I couldn’t see their faces to know for sure, but if I had to guess, I would say they were in their early 30s.
The man was on the left. He reached out his right arm to pull his companion closer, and as he did, his arm settled into her low back – his hand holding her right hip.
After a moment of hesitation, her arm ended up in a complementary position – with her left hand on his left hip.
My first response was to find this a sweet gesture between the two of them – it made me think of my wife and smile. But at that same moment I heard another man scoff.
Just 8 feet in front of me and to my right, was another couple in their 50s. The man said something to the effect of “They must only be in their first week.” His wife, however, found nothing wrong with the gesture, and started to give him the gears about not liking public displays of affection.
I’m totally on her side. There is a line though.
Climbing all over each other as though the cameras were on, is for the most part unacceptable in a public place. But a little hand-holding, a brief embrace, or a gentle kiss shouldn’t get too many people riled up. Chances are it will all look a little tacky, but you’re in love, so you probably won’t care much anyway.
But all of this is just my opinion – I want to know what you think.
When it comes to public displays of affection, are you on the side of sweet and sentimental or should there be hard and fast rules against it all.
Leave your thoughts in the comments.