"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous."
I ran across this quote the other day and fell instantly in love...one, because it was said by Ingrid Bergman and two, because it so aptly describes why we kiss...because when there are no words, the lips are really the best way to connect.
Sometime ago, my 6-year old son Sam and I were on the couch watching a show. A jewelry commercial came on and two actors kissed. He proposed, she said yes, and they smooched it up. Sam was grossed out. He turned away and couldn't wait for Transformers to come back on the screen. And I thought, little boys are so turned off by romantic gestures...when does the shift take place and the kiss become anticipated?
Because really, the kiss is the best part of all the ensuing craziness.
So, I tried to explain to Sam that someday, he would fall in love and want to show a special someone that he loved them...and that when words won't do, the best way to connect is to give a kiss. He couldn't imagine it. I'm sort of glad.
Until then, he'll look away and I'll fall in love with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, the look before and then ah, the anticipated kiss.