We have been taught not to touch other people’s things since we were little kids. Did any one else have a little sister who constantly wanted to wear her sweaters and borrow iPod? As we get older, our toys get bigger, and our “stuff” gets more expensive. The rules about “touching my stuff” can become a heated debate.
Don’t touch the merchandise!
Let me illustrate this point. Every year in the heat of August, a million people line the streets of Royal Oak, Michigan, to watch the “Woodward Dream Cruise.” From muscle cars to classic cars, from Model T’s to dragsters, the show is a 16-mile, two-day parade of the hottest, most well preserved automobiles in the world. Visitors camp out for days in advance to get a front row lawn chair on the curb. Car owners come to town a week before parade day and park their “babies” in show lots for the public to drool over. Or should I say, drool nearby. Because you can look all you want at these gorgeous vehicles, but touching is off limits. The owners have spent countless hours restoring and perfecting their investment, and you may not touch.
So how much more vigilant should girls be with their most prized possessions – themselves? At the Woodward Dream Cruise the obvious message is: Don’t Paw the Body. You have a right to a billboard that states: Don’t Paw the Body. Do you think it’s ok for your date to leave fingerprints on the merchandise? He should know what it means to respect your physical property and their boundaries. The question is, do you have a clear idea where the lines are drawn? This is not the place for gray areas or faded lines. In fact, why not use “tan lines” as a kind of guide for what is ok to touch, and what is not? (I meant tan lines on a one-piece bathing suit for girls, not a thong.)
Even if he is Italian, he shouldn’t have “Roman hands”.