Behind the Mask

I’ve been honest about my secret love of not having to go anywhere during quarantine. It gets worse. Truthfully, I love wearing a mask. Mind you, I’m not having to sport an N95 here, just a cloth mask. I find wearing a mask so comforting. First, my own breath warms me. So many buildings I walk into are cold. I have my own little cozy cave on my face. Also, I like that no one can see my expression. Friends say my face is easy to read. Family members tell me I get so wrapped up in my thoughts that I start scowling at people. It’s nice to keep my expressions to myself for once.

Even though I like wearing a mask, I’m tired of repeating every single word I say. I’m convinced there are way more people than I realized who rely on looking at my mouth when I’m speaking. I’m also convinced that when I go somewhere with my mask where people are not wearing masks, they feel judged. I had one lady inform me it was useless to wear a mask. Contrary to her opinion, I find it very useful. But I just nodded in hopes that she’d stop talking, and I might have stuck out my tongue. Yeah, I like wearing masks.

Author: Rilla Z

I'm a scribbler. I'm genuine. My topics of interest are: this world, the worlds inside my head, and the world to come. Oh, and cups of tea. Yes, I write about my cups of tea.

4 thoughts on “Behind the Mask”

  1. I had not thought about sticking out your tongue at people without them knowing. A very useful feature haha. Also masks thwart face-recognition technology, making it slightly harder for the government to spy on you. (I’m sure the government is keen to know how often I go to Publix.)

    To be fair to the lady who said masks are useless, the experts have been all over the map as far as do they help or not, what kind of mask helps if so, etc. I don’t think anyone can say for sure one way or the other how much protection they really provide against the virus. Personally, I am not crazy about the mask, but I wear one anyway when going somewhere where they encourage people to mask up, e.g. the grocery store, out of respect for people there. I’ve gotten used to it, and also figured out a way to keep it from fogging up my glasses.

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