Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Hand Holding

 

“Hands are made for holding.” – Corina T., Nevada

I usually don’t get Dove chocolates but I saw some in the dollar store, had a craving, and picked up a bag. I’m a little aware of the quotes Dove includes inside the wrappers. Some find them insipid and rant against them. Others find them humorous. I enjoyed the above pre-Chinese Flu quote on my wrapper. With St. Fauci saying that shaking hands will be a thing of the past, this is a nice reminder that people need a human touch.

Now to class it up a bit from a quote on a Dove wrapper. I wrote this post last week when I bought the chocolate. Yesterday, @aaronmiller shared this following quote in the PIT and it fits the theme.

“A handshake is a mystery or a sacrament; there is something visible about it, namely, the clasping of hands; there is something invisible and spiritual too, namely, the communication of friendship.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen

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  1. Arahant Member

    “He’s touching me!” —from the backseat of a car.


    This is the Quote of the Day. We have four openings left this month if you would like to share a quotation to educate, honor another, celebrate yourself, brag about your new acquisition, or just so you can rant. Our sign-up sheet is here.

    Or, if you’re looking to write something a bit more creative, you might try our Group Writing Project this month: It was a dark and stormy night…

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    • October 19, 2020, at 5:25 AM PDT
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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor

    I miss the human touch, the hugs of friends, the casual touch of someone’s arm. I will be sad if they don’t come back, at least with those I’m close to.

    • #2
    • October 19, 2020, at 5:32 AM PDT
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  3. EODmom Coolidge

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    I miss the human touch, the hugs of friends, the casual touch of someone’s arm. I will be sad if they don’t come back, at least with those I’m close to.

    It bothers me – a lot – that I can’t greet business people with a handshake, or conclude the business that way. It’s an affirmation that there is a relationship beyond the “deal” or the “transaction.” I like thanking a vendor or provider that way. I agree @susanquinn – it’s a big loss. In a non-business situation: doubles teams in tennis who touch and speak after each point (won or loss) win more often. Humans need physical contact to thrive. 

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    • October 19, 2020, at 5:56 AM PDT
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  4. Stad Thatcher

    Bishop Wash: With St. Fauci saying that shaking hands will be a thing of the past, this is a nice reminder that people need a human touch.

    This shows how out of touch Fauci is as a human being.

    • #4
    • October 19, 2020, at 6:14 AM PDT
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  5. Old Buckeye Member

    Yesterday the Catholic cathedral here offered anointing of the sick in honor of the feast of St. Luke, who was a physician. The anointing is normally done by the priest marking a cross with his thumb or finger on the back of the hands with holy oil, but they did it via cotton swabs.

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    • October 19, 2020, at 6:19 AM PDT
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  6. EB Thatcher

    Arahant (View Comment):

    “He’s touching me!” —from the backseat of a car.

    “Mother, she’s breathing on me!” “Mom, he’s looking at me!”

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    • October 19, 2020, at 9:31 AM PDT
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  7. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron MillerJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Old Buckeye (View Comment):

    Yesterday the Catholic cathedral here offered anointing of the sick in honor of the feast of St. Luke, who was a physician. The anointing is normally done by the priest marking a cross with his thumb or finger on the back of the hands with holy oil, but they did it via cotton swabs.

    This most of all infuriates me. The bishops are probably just bowing to legal demands, but the implicit message is that Christ’s holy sacramentals can be corrupted and condemn our bodies. It borders on sacrilege. 

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    • October 19, 2020, at 11:10 AM PDT
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  8. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron MillerJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Among most family and friends I know, we continue to hug and shake hands. But I only see that in homes. In public, everyone at least assumes the other person doesn’t want to touch. 

    It’s unacceptable. If COVID-19 doesn’t surge with a vengeance these next couple months, I will push as much as I can in personal interactions for a return to normalcy. 

    This election will be the most contentious in living memory. Those rituals of greeting and thanks are more important than ever before to hold Americans together. 

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    • October 19, 2020, at 11:17 AM PDT
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  9. Bishop Wash Member
    Bishop Wash

    EODmom (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    I miss the human touch, the hugs of friends, the casual touch of someone’s arm. I will be sad if they don’t come back, at least with those I’m close to.

    It bothers me – a lot – that I can’t greet business people with a handshake, or conclude the business that way. It’s an affirmation that there is a relationship beyond the “deal” or the “transaction.” I like thanking a vendor or provider that way. I agree @susanquinn – it’s a big loss. In a non-business situation: doubles teams in tennis who touch and speak after each point (won or loss) win more often. Humans need physical contact to thrive.

    We had our piano tuned at the end of July. When the tuner finished, he shook my hand. It felt normal. I don’t like the elbow bumps.

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    • October 19, 2020, at 1:50 PM PDT
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  10. Full Size Tabby Member

    I was quite pleased when my across-the-street neighbor reached out for a handshake both when he came over last week to ask me to keep an eye on his place as they went off to attend a wedding, and this morning as I went over to his driveway to find out how the wedding went. 

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    • October 19, 2020, at 2:37 PM PDT
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  11. Full Size Tabby Member

    Bishop Wash:

    “A handshake is a mystery or a sacrament; there is something visible about it, namely, the clasping of hands; there is something invisible and spiritual too, namely, the communication of friendship.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen

    I also think one of the things a handshake shows is two people meeting or agreeing as equals in human dignity. No bowing or other gestures that might suggest one or the other is of superior or inferior position in a hierarchy of human dignity. I suppose an elbow bump might eventually achieve such status, but based on how long it took for the handshake to be the universally accepted communication of mutual respect, I’m skeptical. 

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    • October 19, 2020, at 2:42 PM PDT
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  12. Randy Webster Member

    EB (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    “He’s touching me!” —from the backseat of a car.

    “Mother, she’s breathing on me!” “Mom, he’s looking at me!”

    She’s looking out my window!

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    • October 19, 2020, at 4:56 PM PDT
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  13. Boss Mongo Member

    Bishop Wash: “A handshake is a mystery or a sacrament; there is something visible about it, namely, the clasping of hands; there is something invisible and spiritual too, namely, the communication of friendship.”

    And, if someone is shaking your hand, he cannot have a weapon in his.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 11:45 AM PDT
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  14. Full Size Tabby Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Bishop Wash: “A handshake is a mystery or a sacrament; there is something visible about it, namely, the clasping of hands; there is something invisible and spiritual too, namely, the communication of friendship.”

    And, if someone is shaking your hand, he cannot have a weapon in his.

    I understand that is particularly why the tradition is to use right hands.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 1:20 PM PDT
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  15. Flicker Coolidge

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Bishop Wash: “A handshake is a mystery or a sacrament; there is something visible about it, namely, the clasping of hands; there is something invisible and spiritual too, namely, the communication of friendship.”

    And, if someone is shaking your hand, he cannot have a weapon in his.

    I understand that is particularly why the tradition is to use right hands.

    The same with the right-handed salute. It is said that is was to raise the visor and show one’s face, or to raise an empty hand showing peace.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 2:34 PM PDT
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  16. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil FawltyJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Bishop Wash: “A handshake is a mystery or a sacrament; there is something visible about it, namely, the clasping of hands; there is something invisible and spiritual too, namely, the communication of friendship.”

    And, if someone is shaking your hand, he cannot have a weapon in his.

    Unless he’s a member of the Assassins’ Guild.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 2:57 PM PDT
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  17. Randy Webster Member

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    I understand that is particularly why the tradition is to use right hands.

    I know something you don’t know. I am not right handed.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 3:36 PM PDT
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  18. Arahant Member

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    I understand that is particularly why the tradition is to use right hands.

    I know something you don’t know. I am not right handed.

    Brilliant. Simply brilliant.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 3:38 PM PDT
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  19. Flicker Coolidge

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    I understand that is particularly why the tradition is to use right hands.

    I know something you don’t know. I am not right handed.

    Ooooo. (Rethinks plan.) Ah, I’m not right-handed, either.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 3:50 PM PDT
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  20. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil FawltyJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    I understand that is particularly why the tradition is to use right hands.

    I know something you don’t know. I am not right handed.

    Ooooo. (Rethinks plan.) Ah, I’m not right-handed, either.

    You may look right-handed on Zoom.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 4:06 PM PDT
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  21. Flicker Coolidge

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    I understand that is particularly why the tradition is to use right hands.

    I know something you don’t know. I am not right handed.

    Ooooo. (Rethinks plan.) Ah, I’m not right-handed, either.

    You may look right-handed on Zoom.

    That wasn’t me.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 4:11 PM PDT
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  22. Boss Mongo Member

    Massages bridge of nose with thumb and forefinger. Thinks I sooo didn’t wan’t to get all pedantic. Should’ve known. It’s Ricochet.

    Thanks, everyone, for pointing out that, when shaking hands, there’s still another hand. Updating my SOPs time now.

    As a southpaw, I’ve always appreciated that we shake with the other, benighted hand. But, anyone who has an expectation that there might be a weapon in the off (usually left) hand should’ve trained to use the leverage he gains by the very nature of clasping hands to forestall or neutralize an off hand strike with open hand or weapon.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 5:20 PM PDT
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  23. Full Size Tabby Member

    Randy Webster (View Comment):

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    I understand that is particularly why the tradition is to use right hands.

    I know something you don’t know. I am not right handed.

    That something has been used to deadly effect on occasion. See Judges 3:12-23.

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    • October 21, 2020, at 5:28 PM PDT
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  24. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Prohibiting handshakes is just one more way to destroy Society. We should resist mightily. 

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    • October 21, 2020, at 10:21 PM PDT
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  25. Henry Castaigne Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    I miss the human touch, the hugs of friends, the casual touch of someone’s arm. I will be sad if they don’t come back, at least with those I’m close to.

    Touching is gross. 

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    • October 22, 2020, at 12:38 AM PDT
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  26. Henry Castaigne Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Massages bridge of nose with thumb and forefinger. Thinks I sooo didn’t wan’t to get all pedantic. Should’ve known. It’s Ricochet.

    Thanks, everyone, for pointing out that, when shaking hands, there’s still another hand. Updating my SOPs time now.

    As a southpaw, I’ve always appreciated that we shake with the other, benighted hand. But, anyone who has an expectation that there might be a weapon in the off (usually left) hand should’ve trained to use the leverage he gains by the very nature of clasping hands to forestall or neutralize an off hand strike with open hand or weapon.

    Southpaws are more likely to be schizophrenic or to be serial killers. 

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    • October 22, 2020, at 12:39 AM PDT
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  27. Arahant Member

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    Southpaws are more likely to be schizophrenic or to be serial killers. 

    This is not the thing to say to a former special forces officer.

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    • October 22, 2020, at 12:41 AM PDT
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  28. Henry Castaigne Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    Southpaws are more likely to be schizophrenic or to be serial killers.

    This is not the thing to say to a former special forces officer.

    It’s on the internet. I am safe. 

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    • October 22, 2020, at 12:59 AM PDT
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  29. Arahant Member

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    It’s on the internet. I am safe. 

    🤣

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    • October 22, 2020, at 1:53 AM PDT
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  30. Randy Webster Member

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):
    Southpaws are more likely to be schizophrenic or to be serial killers. 

    It comes from trying to get by in a right handed world.

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    • October 22, 2020, at 2:22 AM PDT
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