• Glenn Wilson
    Pat Hall wrote: "César, my very intelligent Mexican friend, told me his pet peeve the other day, "All you Americans and Canadians never make eye contact. We Mexicans always make eye contact. Why don't you look at us?" To emphasize his point, César declared, "If you look up the verb 'to stare' in a Spanish dictionary, you will find that there is no word in Spanish for stare. That's because we all just do it naturally. It's our way of looking at something."

    I thought about this and realized that I always look away if a stranger looks at me. I remember my mother saying to me when I was a child, "Don't stare at people. It's not polite." I guess I have always followed that rule, especially where everyone else is looking away and avoiding my glance. It's always been OK to look at someone squarely if you know them, but perish the thought if you look closely at a stranger. Even worse if they notice you looking at them."

    Read more by Pat Hall at Lokkal Looking You in the Eyes. More #PatHall. More #Lokkal.

    GW: I generally don't look directly at Mexican adult female strangers on the street as I fear it might be rude or forward. Should I? Am I being rude?

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