Why do people like to kiss? Do other animals kiss? Why are kisses so gross? — Gracie, age 5.
Gracie, you ask a question that puzzled me too when I was about your age. Why would two people want to smoosh their mouths together?
And I don’t just mean: “why does Aunty insist on kissing me to say hello when we visit for Easter lunch?”
I mean teenagers and adult couples — in real life and on TV — all of whom seemed to love long, sloppy kisses. That must be especially confusing for you now, after everything we’ve been