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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Have You Seen This? Reflexive wedding high-five

  • We intensively teach children to high-five and often use it as a reward when a child does something good, but we never think something so adorable could backfire.

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  • KIDVILLE — If you’re a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent, chances are you have tried to teach the toddlers and children in your life to give a high-five or a fist bump.

    We intensively teach children to high-five and often use it as a reward when a child does something good, saying, “Good job! High-five!” We so highly praise them for giving high-fives that they often reflexively give a high-five whenever a flat hand is raised in front of them.

    For whatever reason, we all find this charming and adorable. And we would certainly never suspect that something as harmless as a camaraderie-building high-five could backfire.

    But backfire it did — in an adorable and hilarious way — at one couple’s wedding. The ring bearer knows his job and clomps up the steps confidently with rings in tow. As he approaches, the officiator begins to bless the rings. But the blessing is accompanied by a raised, flat hand that looks like an invitation to high-five.

    Since the wee ring bearer knows he is doing such a good job, he reflexively reaches up and takes his “good job high-five,” interrupting the blessing. The officiator immediately recognizes the situation and praises the boy for doing the good job that the high-five indicated.
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