Friday, August 28, 2020

Five on Friday: Face Mask Firsts

I can remember way back in those good ol' days before the Coronavirus when I'd see a person out in public wearing a face mask and think it was kind of weird. The switch from that to, "oh my god that person is in the supermarket without a mask!" seemed very sudden.

The transition to wearing a mask at the store not only felt fast it also seemed somehow very . . . natural? Easy? Not as weird as I previously believed? In spite of my becoming accustomed to it, I find there are continually more mask-wearing firsts. 

For example:

1. I donated blood while mask-wearing. Since there's blood involved, there have always been PPE in use so wearing the mask seemed sort of normal. (Of course they love making you have a drink and eat snacks when it's over, which isn't possible with a mask on, so they were very careful in spacing people out and constantly cleaning the tables. If you were wondering.)

2. I sneezed! In my mask! It was absolutely disgusting!!

3. I immediately learned a very important lesson about always having a spare mask on hand.

4. I had my first anxiety dream! So long, I'm back in High School and don't know my locker combination and Hello I'm at an indoor restaurant and nobody has a mask on and I can't find mine!

5.  My husband and I went out without the kids for the first time since January. We picked up some burritos and went to an outdoor concert. It was lovely but of course eventually I needed to use the restroom, and the restroom available to me was a port-a-potty. It was one of those nicer ones with the pump sink, but still just a port-a-potty. And as I was using it, I thought to myself, "Yeah, okay, wearing a face mask in a port-a-potty is a habit I could see sticking with." 

It just felt right. If you haven't tried yet, it's probably just a matter of time until you experience this face mask first for yourself. 

                                               Matching mask to shirt & earrings: another first!

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