me.... i love hugging too (who knew!
I wasn't brought up hugging around my parents - fairly standoffish - boarding school and all that - but at school we used to hug a bit - but then we all slept in each others bed and had a real sisterhood thing - family all of the same age that kinda stuck together.
As I grew up (into my 20's) - hugging just was natural. I'll hug anyone and everyone - if they accept hugs. We all walk into work - and hug one another - maybe seem unprofessional - but it works for all of us.
What I love to see now is my sons - they both hug their friends. There is no nonsense of who should and shouldn't. I went to the little fellas school the other day - all the kids were hugging - not forced.... he's 12 - being hugged by sixth formers and junior school kids - boys and girls. It's lovely.
My eldest - had to be "taught" to hug- he's touch sensitive - so this was major. He's 16 and hugs all his friends - boys and girls - they are all a very touchy-feely generation - from what I can see. BigBoy is still touch sensitive - but has learned how to deal with it when he's in his comfort zone.
I love it.
Then again - for those who aren't tactile - can be a real nuisance for them. Prolly winds a lot of people up too coz some think it's put on. It's not tho.
What's also really nice is seeing little fella and his best mate snuggled up on the sofa together - watching a DVD - giggling, laughing - just like kids / adults ought to.
My best friend and I will still sleep in the same bed and can hold hands and sit really close - it's comfortable. Don't even think about it. Love a hug - closeness - holding hands.
We also tell each other we love one another - and our friends. As kids, we were never told that. Before my kids put down the phone, or say goodbye, they also say i love you. I like that too. Other's dislike it or feel real uncomfortable. But that's just the way we are.