MANDEVILLE, Jamaica — An excited crowd of 2000 Adventist Jamaicans were treated to ‘professional’ kissing lessons at a couples’ conference this past Saturday. The free kissing workshop was organized by the Jamaica Union Conference and took place at Mandeville-based Northern Caribbean University.
To many, the lessons were the highlight of the union-wide couples’ conference that is held in Jamaica every five years. Married presenters demonstrated a variety of kisses ranging from a chaste, church-appropriate air kiss on the cheek, to a brief lip-to-lip peck and more elaborate “marriage-appropriate” kisses that many in the crowd agreed would give even the French a run for their money. The crowd was given 5-10 minutes of practice time after each kiss demonstration to allow each couple the time to master the required mechanics.
“Modesty aside, I already know I am a great kisser,” said Raymond Francis who had come to attend the event with his wife Tanya. “But when you have 2000 other couples watching you, it pays to really give it your all and put on a show. None of the guys sitting around us had my skills.”
Interviewed separately, Tanya Francis expressed even more enthusiasm than her husband for the kissing instruction. “There is always a lot of helpful info shared at these events, said Tanya Francis who confesses that she had been looking forward to the conference for months. “But the most useful part of this year’s conference was definitely the kissing workshop. I really hope my husband Raymond learned a thing or two.”