I have not taken the time to gush recently. In this liminal space of a pandemic partnered with civil unrest in highlighting the gaping holes in our social fabric, it is hard to think it is feasible to indulge in the simple joys of living and being in a long-distance relationship. But, I am in love with the sea. As our time apart comes to an end, I can think about physical contact and being touched again. If there is one thing I have missed while being parted by our uprising country, or in any relationship once it starts, it is making out.
Let’s be blunt- I love kissing. It has always been the magical element in a story that would have me melt in the chair marveling at the words that would have me feeling if my lips were being parted for the willing mouth to receive their kiss. Next to cuddling, it is the romantic act I often miss being in a relationship. It was the purest joy one could share in public to profess their love in a sense. I love it when I am in the moment and I love to think about it when I am not. While I was in a summer college prep program, my favorite essay described the types of kisses a couple could share. My description of the various actions awarded me the easiest A I ever obtained. I often wondered if my professor took it upon themself to try the described kisses themselves. At the time of writing that piece, I had accepted maybe two kisses from other people that, while pleasant, failed to rank in my personal top three make-out sessions. So let’s talk about kissing.
I love a good kiss scene. The example that made me want to write this is the kiss captured at the end of The Return of the King. I am not sure if it was my love for this war-torn couple that made the kiss of the re-crowned king who gazed on his queen with such longing/pain that when he in striking distance to touch her again, the light in the scene literally shifted. With the death of the actor that played Bilbo Baggins in my mind, that scene reminded me of my own relationship with the sea for many different reasons. For various reasons discussed in previous essays, I have yet to kiss the sea.
To many people, it would seem strange to be in a relationship where one has yet to touch their partner of choice, but not in today’s age of the internet. I know of many a relationship where the couple never breathed the same air as their partner. For some, the commitment of time in the digital space is enough to keep two people together while apart. And when it is a true love sent by the gods, it can be enough for some. But I digress. We are talking about kissing between the god touched.
I read about interactions between couples that are god touched. The world shakes when those couples reconnect for the first time. People have been known to stop and stare. It is the energy release I believe. And I am going to be a part of one. I am excited to have this experience.
No, I don’t think I will share it. But think about that LOTR scene.