DEAR ABBY: I am a 20-year-old college student. Last summer, I met "Irwin," a friend of my brother's. Irwin and I became good friends, and over time, I came to deeply respect and care for him. A few months ago, Irwin left to intern at a senator's office. He's finishing his senior year there.
As we were saying goodbye, he hugged and kissed me on the cheek, muttered something under his breath, then proceeded to kiss me gently on the lips. Irwin and I are both shy, and I don't know what to make of the kiss.
Could he possibly care for me, too? I don't know if kissing a friend on the lips is considered a "friendly gesture," or if it means something more romantic. I'm relying on your advice, Abby, so I'll know what to do when Irwin returns home. -- IT STARTED WITH A KISS IN KENTUCKY
DEAR IT STARTED WITH A KISS: It would be helpful if you could remember what Irwin muttered under his breath. When he comes marching home again, greet him with a kiss. Shyness can be overcome, and I think you've hooked a live one.