Three things to know.
First, I have never been accused of being overly affectionate in public. In fact, I have been told that I have ice in my veins.....well, ice and hot chocolate (I do consume a large amount of hot chocolate). Not that I'm against a nice hug or even better, a high-five, it's just that I'm not demonstrative in my show of like/love for an individual.
Second, Brock enjoys these following displays of affection when we are public: bear hugs, wrestling moves, picking me up, aggressive and repeated high-fives, and short kisses, but never hand holding. The only time he breaks his no hand holding policy is when he is afraid that I won't make the "Walk" sign at an intersection. Once we have safely reached the other side he quickly lets go of my hand and we have a spirited round of "high-fiving" to celebrate crossing the street.
Third, his refusal to hold hands does not bother me. Which makes the following conversation even more curious.
Backdrop: We are in our house walking down the hallway (the house is 1600 sq ft so it's not a long walk).
Brock: (grabbing my hand and holding it) Do you know what my New Years resolution is?
Me: I wouldn't know where to start.
Brock: It's more public displays of affection, starting right now with me holding your hand.
Me: You know technically this isn't public. We are in our house, not out in public.
Brock: Oh (thinking)......well, this is as good as it's going to get for you.