Takes Two to Tango

December 5, 2014
June wedding

Caught kissing on the balcony during our reception

Aaron Burns photography

By definition, a kiss takes two, so you’ll want to find a friend before you read on …

German dictionaries list more than 30 types of of kisses, including a word, nachkussen, for “the making up for kisses that have been omitted.” Here are a few variations from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Book of Love that you’ll want to explore.

1. The Butterfly Flutter
Place your eye within a breath of your partner’s cheek. Open and close your eyelids against her skin. If this is done correctly, the flutter sensation on her cheeck should match the one in her heart.

2. The Bumper Kiss
Effective when following your lover in a separate car. Wait until he stops his vehicle at a traffic light, then gently ease your car up to his and nudge his bumper. The jolt will jump-start his heart and suggest more intimate nuzzlings to come. (WARNING: Do not use the Bumper Kiss on the vehicle of an unknown driver.)

3. The Hickey Kiss
It may take some practice to create a personalized hicky, in the shape of, say, your favorite sailing ship. No need to get fancy. The main objective is simply to avoid drawing blood while leaving a mark that will prove to your sweetheart (and all her girlfriends) that last night’s interlude was not a dream.

4. The French Kiss
Some call this the “Soul Kiss,” because the life and soul are thought to pass through the mouth’s breath in the exchange across tongues. Surprisingly, the French call this “The English Kiss.”

5. The Last Kiss
In ancient Rome, custom had it that the Last Kiss would capture the soul of a dying man and keep it alive on the lips of his lover.

We hope that you enjoy trying out these fun techniques from the Book of Love, written by Christine Schultz and The Old Farmer’s Almanac editors!

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