Saw mother-in-law a while back. We always hug every time my fiance and I meet her for the holidays. We also hug as we’re leaving. Nothing unusual with these hugs either. But, this time her friends (a married couple) were around to say good-bye. As we were saying good-bye she hugged her daughter and then gave me a pat on my shoulder, I reached over (thinking it was going to be the usual hug) and ended up patting her arm. Felt awkward, don’t know if mother-in-law felt the same.
Anyways, been thinking about it for a while now. Maybe she didn’t want her friends to think she was too close with me, or maybe she felt some sort of sexual tension and decided to distance herself. Either way she had thoughts of me and her getting close… I’m more inclined to think that she was worried about what her friends would think. Next time we meet, I’m gonna pretend that awkward good-bye never happened and reach over as usual and hopefully we’ll go back to hugging hellos and good-byes.