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  •  While i agree about folks getting into (7+ / 0-)

    the personal space of others they don't know well, I learned something (I think) several years ago while living in El Paso. Often, when I was out with my three little ones, all of us obviously anglo, I noticed that a lot of people would come up and touch them.

    It was friendly enough, but being involved in immunization clinics at the time, I was very aware of Texas' miserable rate, and the even worse rate of immunizations specifically in El Paso. I didn't want to be rude, but I was very concerned about anyone, of any ethnicity, just walking up and touching my kids (4,2, and 1 then).

    I finally broke down and asked our Infection Control nurse at work, who explained that it is Mexican folklore that if you see something/someone pretty and don't touch it with a little prayer or blessing, you've brought a curse on that person, so all that touching was a way to sort of ward off the evil eye.

    I don't have any proof that his explanation was true, but he was born and raised in El Paso, and really didn't have any reason to string me along. And it surely helped me react more constructively when the patting and touching happened after that.

    Anyone who scoffs at happiness needs to take their soul back to the factory and demand a better one. -driftglass

    by postmodernista on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 11:51:44 PM PST

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