Today’s guest post comes from Ben.
I was at the Farm Service Agency doing some paperwork and while waiting was talking with another farmer. (He was wearing a ‘Dekalb’ seed cap while I was wearing a ‘Meyer Seeds’ cap. Neighbor Tom was wearing a ‘John Deere’ cap.)
As Dekalb left we shook hands and as the shake finished, I distinctly felt my fingers slipping away from his. And I felt rather chagrined about that; like I let down the farmer brotherhood and he’ll be saying ‘He was a nice guy but he didn’t have a very good handshake...’
I’ve noticed before that I release my grip before the other party does.
I need to work on that.
Now I’m not talking about the smoozy, glad-handing kind of shake—I know that guy and I don’t want to be him. I just mean a good firm run of the mill handshake.
It also gave me ‘, the 2nd biggest Guinness World Record breaker of the decade 2000-2009 with 85 records broken. (, the top record holder has broken 551 Guinness records.) Alastair and Don Purdon set a new record for longest hand-shake at 33 hours and 3 minutes.
Archaeological ruins show handshaking was practiced as far back as the 5th century BC. It’s possible the handshake originated as a gesture of peace to show that the hands held no weapons.
But there are many different ways of shaking hands or offering a greeting depending on the region or local custom.
There is that one handshake with a finger slipped inside to tickle the others palm while shaking hands. But I save that one for testing the mettle of college students in the shop.
I still believe in a good firm handshake and I’ll save the ‘fist bump’ for more casual greetings.
I just need to learn to hold it a beat longer.
When have you been glad-handed?