A Year of Masks

“Panda!” I cautioned. “Don’t touch the computer!”

“It’s okay, Bro,” Panda replied. “I’m only looking at some old blog posts we helped Mom make.”

“Okay,” I said, against my better judgment. “But don’t get us stuck in the Amazon rain forest like you did last time!”

“No worries,” Panda replied reassuringly. “This time I’m only looking at all the times I’ve been out since Social Distancing started. Do you realize it’s been almost a year since I’ve seen a human outside without a mask on?”

“Yeah, I guess you’re right,” I replied. “It has been kind of weird. I wonder if people are always going to wear masks from now on, like part of their regular wardrobe.”

“I don’t know,” Panda mused. “To be honest, I don’t think the one Mom wore to the DMV matched her outfit very well.” I had to laugh. “Well, you know how Mom is about fashion. At least that nice lady from Bath and Body matched hers with her blouse.”

“Hey,” I said as we scrolled through some of our posts from the summer. “Remember when you had to order Starbucks one at a time and then go outside and wait for them to bring it out?” Panda nodded. “Yeah, that was kind of a pain. But at least now they let you in as long as you stayed in your own space.”

“I kind of like being in my own space,” I replied. “But I don’t think I’d like wearing a mask.”

“Well,” Panda offered, “to be fair, you can have your mask off if you are outside and away from people.” I scrutinized the photos he had pulled up on the screen. “Umm, do you always carry your cap under your arm when you take your mask off?” Panda looked puzzled. “Huh?” he said, to which I quickly replied, “Never mind.”

“What I’ve found,” Panda went on, “is that people are usually pretty nice to you if you have on your mask. Remember those nice ladies who always let me take a selfie with them at Fig Garden?”

“Umm…yes,” I replied cautiously. “Have you seen them lately?” Panda answered in the affirmative. “As a matter of fact, I ran into them last time I was at Fig Garden. This time they said it was safe to take a selfie without our masks!” I nodded slowly. “Go on,” I ventured.

Panda’s eyes widened. “Well,” he continued. “I thought they looked really familiar, but…”

10 thoughts on “A Year of Masks

  1. Panda looks good with or without a mask. And I love the look on Foster’s face! 🙂 I’ll be wearing mine a while longer inside public places but at least we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!

  2. Good to see you all, masked and unmasked! That last photo of you, Foster, really cracked me up! We will still be wearing our masks and social distancing for quite a while yet. I miss people’s smiles, but we all do our best to show the smiles in our eyes. 🙂

    1. Yes I’ve noticed that we have begun to be able to read faces just from the eyes. Maybe this has made us more attuned to body language and other forms of communication 🤔. That pic of Foster’s face cracks me up too! It’s proven to be good “blog material” 😂

  3. Foster and Panda look great. I sure hope there come a time like in the stories about masked balls and when midnight comes the cry rings out “Unmask!” Hopefully soon,

  4. Lulu: “It sure has been a year, hasn’t it? I haven’t gone anywhere or seen anyone since last March, just Mama and Dada.”
    Charlee: “Oh yeah, it’s been great.”
    Chaplin: “No strangers, no dangers!”
    Lulu: “And that’s the difference between dogs and cats, I guess …”

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