Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Masks

Last week I went grocery shopping at Sweetbay and as I was walking in I noticed a new sign on the door.  The sign said, "NO MASKS ALLOWED IN THIS FACILITY."

I thought to myself, "too late, Sweetbay.  People come in here with masks every single day."

Every day.

When you wear a mask and hate it but do it anyway it's because taking the mask off is a risk of some sort.  A risk that if taken would be worse than your hatred for mask wearing.

So you keep wearing it, and dream of a place where you can rip it off.  At times the mask becomes so uncomfortable. When you get to a safe place where you can take it off, it feels so good.  The fresh air hits your face and you haven't felt it for so long, you gulp the air.

Taking off the cumbersome mask that makes your face all sweaty and restricts you is so freeing.  You revel in it.

The buzzer of reality goes off so you take a deep breath and put the mask back on again.  You feel pressured to do so because you are with the crowd that can only accept you with it on.  They don't advertise it on paper or aloud however the unspoken and unwritten rule with this crowd is, MASKS MUST BE WORN IN THIS PLACE.

To fit it, to avoid possibly losing all, you take a look in the mirror, adjust your mask, and you tighten the strap just so.

You take a deep breath.  Well, as a big of one as you can take with something strapped to your face that sometimes feels like it's going to cut off your circulation or at least causes you to feel and hear your own breath a lot more than you want to.

You make sure the mask is properly placed.

Then you walk back into places like Sweetbay and mingle amongst others who have no idea that you're actually wearing a mask and have been all along.

3 comments:

Terri von Wood said...

Oh, Deanna: This is great! Read through it the first time and loved it. Second time, all I could think of was how many people couldn't come into church if that sign was posted and conversely how any people come into church assuming there's a sign on the door saying "MASKS MUST BE WORN IN THIS PLACE!"

Anonymous said...

Love this! Lee Ann

Deanna Shrodes said...

Thanks so much, my friends :)