Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tips for Scratchers

G does many things well. Scratching backs is not one of them. I don't think my back is itchier than the normal back, but maybe it is. He seems baffled by my continuous pleas to scratch my back. He tries, he really does. But he gets distracted and then the pressure sort of fades out, meaning I have to bring him back with a "Hey! C'mon! Focus!" Backscratching *must* be done at a consistent pressure to be effective. There's little that's more annoying than a good scratch petering out to nothing.

Also, a note to backscratchers: if the scratchee reaches around and tries to scratch a patch of their own back, while you're scratching some other part, they are not trying to help. They're showing you where to scratch. You MUST immediately abandon the area you're working on and go to the area they're trying to reach. Don't just scratch up and down in the same 1/2" square, either. The itch on a back sort of spreads out like a ripple on the surface of the water from the must your scratching follow those waves.

I guess there's a kind of intuitive backscratching sense one either has or one doesn't. But I appreciate his willingness to keep working on it.


Missy said...

It is an important skill. It's like brushing someone else's hair. Everyone should work hard to perfect the talent.

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