Are you a touch-me-not or a hover-er? In our house, we have both. I, personally, am a touch-me-not. Especially when I am sick.
I know people who like to be catered to. Hovered over. Their every need/desire/whim to be met. That's not going to happen if you live here.
Unless you're a kid. But I'm talking about grown up people here.
I didn't mind one bit taking care of my kids. But when grown ups expect me to take care of them, well, it wouldn't be wise for them to hold their breath while waiting.
I guess it's because I don't like to be hovered over when I'm not feeling well. Actually, I do not like to be hovered over for any reason at any time. I need at least a 5 foot radius most of the time.
I'm ok when my students want to give me a hug- unless the thought of lice pops into my thinking. Or they have a snotty nose or have just had their hands somewhere. I'm ok when my family is handing out hugs as well. That's not what I consider hovering behavior.
Hover-ers are people who follow me around from room to room talking incessantly about nothing or trying to tell me that I should be doing whatever it is I'm doing the way they do it and not the way I do it. You know, the kind who stick their noses right where they do not belong.
The kind who are just asking to have those noses punch.
Sometimes, these hover types have a tendency to lean in towards your face when conversing with you. Holy crap! I can't tell you how difficult it is not to push them back.
Five foot radius, people. Five foot radius.
And, if you're a smoker, wear perfume or smelly lotion--that's a ten footer.
And please, for the love of all things good on this earth, do NOT hover over my shoulder while I am reading or working on the computer. Eegads!
Being a touch-me-not is one reason I don't fly. The other is my issue with closed in spaces. Which is related to this issue.
Oh, and on the previous mention of hugging- let's not hold that hug for an uncomfortable length of time. Five seconds is plenty of time. It might even be close to pushing the time boundary.Of course, I'm not talking intimacy here. That's different. Weird, right? I know.
I'm sure there are folks out there who are not protective of their personal space. Mine is guarded better than Fort Knox.
What about you? Are you a hover-er, a touch-me-not or do you fall somewhere in the middle?