A friend of mine commented on an article about Fergie saying how French kissing her son is “so delicious.” The friend then described how her own infant son kisses her: wide-mouthed, tongue out as if trying to latch onto her lips. Babies do this all the time. It’s cute and fun and food for the soul; so I agree with my friend’s interpretation (and probably Fergie’s, too) that babies’ kisses are delicious. I also agree that calling it “French kissing” is weird, but right when I read the headline, I immediately thought open-mouthed kissing–because babies kiss with their mouths open–though I knew people would also associate it with sexual tongue kissing. To that I say, Fergie, please choose your words more carefully. Or at least acknowledge that to the baby, it’s merely kissing.
This whole thing reminded me of times my daughter latches onto my chin. And those times remind me of a certain scene in the comedy-horror-tongue-in-cheek movie “Drag Me to Hell.” If you know the movie, you know the scene. It’s hilarious, and when Zinger catches my chin this way, I pretend she’s attacking me the way the gypsy is attacking the young lady. But I’m having more fun than the lady here. Maybe.
Ways this image from the movie “Drag Me to Hell” is like how my child sometimes kisses me:
- This kisser has a lot of hair
- The kisser appears toothless
- The kisser opens her mouth wide
- The kisser takes as much of the kissee’s chin in her mouth as possible
- The kissee may be laughing and thoroughly enjoying the moment (it’s hard to tell)
Ways this image from the movie “Drag Me to Hell” is different from how my child kisses me:
- My child has differently shaped ears
- My child’s clothes do not get that grungy
- My child is not an old scary gypsy woman
- My child is always strapped into her car seat when we’re in the car
- I am not a blonde caucasian