Tale Weaver – #289 – Masks – 20th August

Michael says for his Tale Weaver challenge:

Masks have become very topical in recent times.
This week write your mask story be it true or make believe.

Righto then.

Do you present your real self to the world, or are you hiding behind a ‘mask’?
No-one likes to see people unhappy, and most of us have good intentions when we offer to help, commiserate, or provide a shoulder to cry on.
But, are we really that happy smiling person 24/7, or do we pretend to be so that people will leave us alone? Occasionally our self preservation protective mask will slip, but we are pretty quick in recovering and putting it back in place. Or at least I was many years ago and now I am glad to say what you see is what you get, warts and all.
I am talking about a virtual mask here, not something physical hiding your face.
But today’s masks are different.
No, not those!
A matter of course when going out to unfamiliar places or shopping, these are our second skin. The way some other people wear them is quite another matter. We have seen them supporting double chins, covering the mouth but not the nose, or as a bracelet appendage just in case they are challenged trying to enter a shop. The best though has to be a sweet old dear pushing her laden trolley out of the supermarket proudly wearing her mask, but not being able to see where she was going.
She wore glasses and had put them on over her mask, which covered her chin, mouth, nose and eyes so that she had to walk head down and peer out over the top of her specs.
My glasses steam up when I wear my mask, but it’s only for the duration of where I am away from home, not all the time that goodness.
There are other disadvantages of course.
Speech is fuzzy and nine times out of ten you have to ask people to repeat themselves.
People ask the same of you, and for those who are hard of hearing, being able to lip read is impossible.
You also can’t tell when someone is smiling unless you are close enough to see if their eyes are crinkled at the corners.
And if you are close enough, that’s defeating the object of social distancing.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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7 Responses to Tale Weaver – #289 – Masks – 20th August

  1. Michael says:

    Lovely masks Di, the fogging up of one’s glasses is an issue but not insurmountable. The best excuse I’ve heard for not wearing a mask was a bloke the police pulled up who claimed he’d been born with a condition that made him immune to covid.It turned out he’d been fined 9 times previously.

  2. Sadje says:

    Masks, real and figurative both come with advantages and inconveniences.

  3. murisopsis says:

    I love the coordinating masks on you and your husband! Sparky and I have a couple of matching masks but he doesn’t want to wear them if I am… He is silly sometimes!

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