Happy New Year! Most of us celebrate the passing of the new year by counting down the seconds and then planting a smooch on a loved one, or the person/s nearest us in a room or crowd.
The celebration of the New Year is one of the few times it’s OK to kiss a complete stranger and not get slugged by the stranger, the stranger’s significant other, your significant other or a combination of all three. By no means are we advocating waiting until the end of the year to get your smooch on with a stranger just to feel the soft lips of … Sorry, where was I?
Ah yes, kissing. Sam from Casablanca sang “A kiss is just a kiss,” (ff to :35) but I must disagree. Kisses have meaning. Kisses have depth and kisses can be symbolic.
For example – take one of the most famous kisses in history: The picture of a sailor kissing a nurse in the middle of Times Square – taken on Aug. 14, 1945 – was shot most famously by Alfred Eisenstaedt (This photo was taken by Navy photojournalist Victor Jorgensen).
The sailor was grabbing women and randomly kissing them in celebration of President Roosevelt announcing the end of World War II. At first look, the pair pictured kissing could have been lovers. But they were complete strangers.
Fast forward 66 years to another kiss caught in the middle of a public situation – this time in Canada. Normally, I crack jokes about our neighbors to the North, but in this instance, I must tip my metaphorical cap to the Canadians featured below.
In the aftermath of the Vancouver Riots, which happened in anger after the Canucks were shutout in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals by the Boston Bruins. No fan of New England sports teams, I can understand the angst of being on the losing side in a sports contest.
But let’s be sensible: Did the fans in Ottowa riot in 2007 when the Ducks beat the Senators for the Stanley Cup? Did the fans in Philadelphia riot (moreso than normal) when the Toronto Blue Jays won the 2003 World Series?
Championships aside, the riots did occur. At first glance, the couple in questions – Australian Scott Jones and his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas – seem to be sharing a tender moment in the midst of urban crisis.
But there was more than meets the eye. Jones later said that after he and Thomas were knocked to the ground, he was kissing her to comfort her and calm her down.
In this case, a kiss was definitely more than a kiss. It was meant to help the turbulent times go by.
Until next time …