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To mask or not to mask

Wearing a mask changes everything. A person moves differently. Their hand goes to their pocket when people approach, and the crowd sways in the opposite direction or not.

It depends on the viewpoint of the individual. Some people believe there is no pandemic. Others are so afraid that they cower and look at you like you are an ax murderer even though you are standing six feet away, have a hot pink mask with zebras and are 65.

I’m not an ax murderer, but I do believe in etiquette. This is just a passing phase and one must go with the politeness of the times.

In some cultures, such as Japan, one must not wear shoes in the house. If you are invited into someone’s house, you must take off your shoes or be considered a base creature. I know. I lived there. I liked the tradition. Less housekeeping. I don’t wear shoes in my house, and my guests don’t either unless they stay in the kitchen. I have a lot of pine tree pitch in my yard and I don’t want to replace the carpet in my living room.

I’ve made a lot of masks for friends. It is just another trend to market, wear, have fun with or not. The mask provides a certain anonymity that allows you to be who you are. No one will recognize you later. You don’t have to wear lipstick, worry about green things in your teeth or even halitosis. There are a lot of positive things about a mask.

When I lived in Japan in 1985, people wore masks all the time if they had a cold. That’s considerate. I’m curious to see what happens during cold season this year with people keeping their sneezes to themselves. Things will change, just hang 10 and make it to the shore however you choose to. You may fall off your surfboard, get tossed about in the waves, get a few coral scratches and crawl onto the beach, or ride that wave in smoothly and step into the sand with a flourish.

It doesn’t matter how you get there, you will still make it to the shore.

Diane Wallace lives in Jacksonville.

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