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Necessary Eye Roll

on April 11, 2020


When I make my necessary gas station or grocery store visit, I’ve seen some people with their masks so loosely tied that there are gaps around their cheeks or, those with somehow acquired medical masks with the top line of the mask sitting dainty on their nose.  ( Like,Lord forbid you bend the soft underwire threaded through the top edge and cause a potential indent to your delicate skin.)

 I don’t know if my episodes have been caffeine related or what, but a few times I couldn’t , even with my mask on, keep my mouth shut.

I introduce  myself from six feet away, quickly give my professional credentials so they don’t think I’m some cuckoo bird and hopefully understand I only want to help. I give a quick pointer on how to make their mask more occlusive. It’s gone over okay. ( However,  I don’t stick around, so who knows, maybe there is a brief exchange about ‘ the crazy lady at the gas station’.)

But then, there are the handful of twenty-somethings walking around with their masks slung around their necks, whether in a building or not.

I want to smack them upside the head, but like my mother taught me… I keep my hands to myself.

And do the best eye roll possible.

15 responses to “Necessary Eye Roll

  1. BETH says:

    LOL Some follow laws and some do not. Actually, maybe some are ignorant and some are just acting stupid. Lord help them if they become like Typhoid Mary and spread the disease far and wide.

  2. Thank you for at least trying. I’ve tried too but some people just don’t care to learn. Love and light to you!

  3. Cathy Cade says:

    there aren’t a lot of people wearing masks around here, but we’re very rural and all keeping away from each other.

    • Susan says:

      Yes, I’ve seen on the U.S maps that there are some states with super low statistics!

      • Cathy Cade says:

        We’re in the UK and they’re not pushing masks here. (Probably because there aren’t enough to go around anyway and they want what they can get hold of for the NHS and care workers. Fair enough. The rest of us can keep away from each other).

      • Susan says:

        Whoops, my bad! I’m so embarrassed about how our president is mismanaging this, I get my head turned around when I get online, read reports then naively thing I can shake it off and move on to nice things like blogging and working on my own writing.

        I so appreciate having a WordPress family to share my angst, my thoughts, and sometimes my meandering on matters I can’t get out of my head.

      • Cathy Cade says:

        It’s interesing to get the different nuances in reaction from different parts of the world. My daughter’s in New Zealand and I met a couple of bloggers while I was there last year. They seem quite laid back about it all, but they are – like me – getting on a bit.

  4. CarolCooks2 says:

    Most people are wearing masks here although there were quite a few people who wore masks anyway before all this it has always been a common sight here.

    • Susan says:

      Hi ! I had to stop staring at the yummy pictures and recipes to find out where you’re from! Ah! A friend of mine just finished her missionary work in Chang Mai 8 months ago and is now in North Carolina.

      In the theme parks and airports it’s always been common to see Asian tourists wearing masks ( and I understand it’s a courtesy, not that there’s a chronic ongoing history of serious airborne contaminants in the U.S)

      Outside of work I’m consistently wearing one because I have a hospital job, so it is likewise , a consideration of others. Knock on wood, I have no symptoms and feel well!

      • CarolCooks2 says:

        Hi, Susan… Chiang Mai is lovely and not that far from where I live although when they burn the fields the air quality is awful there.
        As you say many Asians wear masks as a courtesy.
        I am pleased to hear that you are well I hope that continues… Be well and safe…Thank you for the work you and your colleagues do you are all amazing… 🙏💖

      • Susan says:

        Thank you for the kind words!

  5. joey says:

    My household is presumptive, so we’re worried about whether we can still infect others, not worried about getting infected. My husband and my youngest have done the shopping, him with his balaclava and my daughter with her bandana.
    My office is also presumptive. I have been wearing scarves to work and in the event I must open the door, like to UPS, I just wrap the scarf about my face.
    We’re not ordered to mask, just makes sense to us.

  6. I’m glad you’ve spoken up. Those without masks – and we still have ’em here in CA – should not be allowed in, as they’re jeopardizing the rest, incl the employees. Sacramento and several states had unmasked swarms gathered protesting the quarantine in the past wk. I get that some of the folks are rightly frustrated about loss of income, but seriously — putting everyone at risk??

    • Susan says:

      People deliberately choosing not to educate themselves about just how serious this is…and I wonder what percent are business owners on lockdown and what percent are people that don’t have the maturity to figure out how to live a simpler safer life for everyone’s benefit

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