I’m fully vaccinated now, as are my kids. We’re all continuing to wear our masks. We didn’t have a family conference about it; they’re both adults now and capable of making their own decisions. On this, however, we are of a like mind. We’re not going maskless in public. We’ve seen how people behave around here. And we don’t want to take unnecessary chances when we’re compelled to be around them. Then, too, there are those who for whatever reason haven’t, or cannot, get vaccinated. We owe them the consideration of masking.

My personal reasons for continuing to wear the mask include a bit more though. I like not having my face on display for all and sundry to see. I like keeping parts (okay, most) of my physical self hidden from strangers. I’m not comfortable showing much skin, and tend to dress rather covered up year around. It’s been many years since I’ve had a real sunburn; skin cancer runs in my family and I am increasingly cautious as I grow older. But there’s more to it than that. I just really dislike having strangers looking at me. Critiquing, judging. Dismissing. I absolutely hate the very idea of facial recognition, and take a perverse pleasure in the idea of thwarting it (even if I’m really not). It’s been a year since some random stranger told me to smile. I love that! And I’m not ready to give it up. Maybe I never will be.

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Are you going to continue to wear a mask?

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Are you going to continue to wear a mask?

No, I can’t wait to quit wearing a mask.
6%
19 votes
I haven’t decided yet.
1%
4 votes
Yes, at least for a while.
84 votes
Maybe, depending on the circumstances.
70 votes
Yes, I have no plans to stop wearing a mask anytime soon.
123 votes

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