Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Secret Handshake

About three years ago, our 9 yr old daughter McKenna told me she wanted to create a "secret handshake" with me. At first, I was like "whatever", but then I realized it was a chance to have a special thing with her that we could carry on for years and years.

The Handshake: A Brief History

Most people think that the handshake
has always been a cordial greeting,
but the some sources say the truth is the opposite.
The handshake supposedly originated when
opposing enemies came together for talks.

The second they would set aside their weapons,

they would grasp the other's arm to keep them
from picking up their weapons again.

This later evolved into a sign of trust and has passed on from
culture to culture, generation to generation,
to become the casual greeting it is today.

(My theory is that the warrior on the left still had significant leverage
and threw the other man into the nearby well, but I have no proof.)

(images stolen from the classic film short, "We Do It Because")

Anyway, now I have separate secret handshakes I do nightly with McKenna and our seven yr old son Sky. Maddie, our 5 yr old, likes to play pat-a-cake and call that our "secret handshake", but I know sometime soon, we'll come up with our own "real" shake.

I'm still working on our 14 yr old. No interest there yet. Maybe if I put on a viking helmet, he'll be into it?


Karenkool said...

Just be sure to throw him into the nearby wall. He'll like that!

happy idiot said...

Vikings! Why do I always think of Monty Python whenever I see Vikings?

The secret handshake is a great idea. You know what would make it even more of a bonding experience? A little Krazy Glue in the palm of your hand.

Karenkool said...

I like turtle's style!

Mark Keefer said...

That is a great idea, and would be really funny.

For about 5 seconds.

Turtle, sometimes you're Krazy clever.

Lucy Dee said...

Wow! That's adorable. That's very noble and fatherly to realize it was a chance to have a special thing with her that we could carry on for years and years.

Too cute! You're very lucky!

Mark Keefer said...

Hi Lucy, thanks for your comment. I went to your blog and I liked it. I'll be checking in.

Take care,

Cindy Swanson said...

Great post, Mark! Oh, and I love the name "McKenna"...

TigKat said...

I think you should just threaten to remove his hands completely. Tell him you can "shake them now anytime you dang well please!"
Love you, kitten kisses!

Mark Keefer said...


Violent mood today?


Thanks, my wife is responsible for McKenna's name. She's a huge "Somewhere In Time" fan, and Jane Seymour's character's name in it was "Elise McKenna".

To go to the next level, we gave our younger daughter Madeline the middle name "Elise"!

I think that should make us eligible for some kind of "Somewhere In Time" autographed plaque or whatever.