Chapter #3:

P@, b@, softieb@, bi-bi-bi

A p@ can be done to every animate or inanimate being. Just put your thumb in your fist, leave other fingers straight, and wave—with your palm in the direction of the recipient of your p@.

For example, you can do a p@ on a cheek by placing your hand gently on the cheek. A b@ is basically the same thing, but it has a higher magnitude of gentleness than with a p@. It feels just like a touch by a soft feather on the cheek. And softieb@ is, again, a tad softer than a b@. Done extremely gently, it is almost as if not touching at all, it is felt very subtly—but still clearly.

The meaning of the word “magnitude” can be explained by comparing one apple to ten apples. Or count one coffee bean and ten coffee beans. And then count a hundred coffee beans. One and ten are different by one order of magnitude, as are ten and a hundred. This means that one and a hundred differ from each other by two orders of magnitude. Look at those piles of coffee beans, a hundred beans is just two orders of magnitude bigger than one bean, but there are a hundred beans already. Three orders of magnitude would mean a thousand beans, but in order to count all those, one should have a sandwich and a cup of tea to be able to keep going. But let us return to b@-s.

It is clear that every living being does not have hands, and that paws are not big enough (with the exception of bears and lions), and that bugs, for example honey bees, do not have paws at all! But this doesn’t mean that they cannot do a b@.
A honey bee flying nearly at its top speed equals to a b@. But since it is not nice to fly onto someone’s cheek like that, and the one who receives the b@ might get startled, the honey bees have a habit of doing b@ with one of their front legs. But it is so tiny, and almost invisible, that it more or less equals to a bi. And, to be completely clear, honey bees do bi three times in a row: bibibi.

Should you wish to know more about it, you could try to do a b@ with your ring finger (this is the one next to your pinky). Bibib@!

A b@ is suitable for all sorts of occasions. For example, “I am glad to see youb@.” Or, “You look so goodb@.” Or simply, “I am happyb@.” The best b@-s are those done in the same way as dudub@s do them. Before going to sleep. When you are already in bed, feeling nice and warm, and someone does a b@ to you, so you doze off into a deep and restful sleep. Moms often cuddle with their children, and then do them a b@. Dads also cuddle, but they are more likely to do a p@. In both cases, the sleep will be very good.

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