Dr. Bonnie Henry has created a climate of kindness with her messaging around our health and well being and with this in mind I am reflecting on the “Kisses and Kicks” featured in the Coast Reporter. I love the kisses – appreciation is freely given and can be enjoyed by all readers. I am having some trouble with some of the kicks. Fair enough to be generic with comments like “Kicks to the person who stole my planter at the top of my driveway” (which happened a few years ago, actually) but I believe a rethink is in order when it comes to more specific and identifiable kicks where the intention is to wish harm to come to a recipient of the kicks. This is not kind and not in the spirit of our current COVID times. When I want to give a kick I turn it into a kiss – as in: “Kisses to the person who returns the planter that disappeared from the top of my driveway.” Thanks for considering this subtle and important shift in the contributions to, and editing of, the Kisses and Kicks column.
Mary Findlay, Gibsons