It’s been almost two years since the pandemic started and wearing masks has become part of our daily lives. You can’t go into most establishments without being asked to adorn your face with some kind of coverage due to Covid-19.
No matter where you stand on the issue of whether or not masks are necessary, New Mexicans have been mandated by our governor to wear face coverings while indoors at grocery stores, restaurants and other public places. And it looks like it could be for a while too. From what I’ve heard through the grapevine, we could be wearing masks indoors until potentially May.
But here’s something I’ve come to realize in recent weeks and months – masks have become, and continue to be, a new sort of accessory. I was actually looking for face masks for my son recently on Amazon, and masks have so much personality now. In the early days of the pandemic, the face masks were more clinical. That is, if you could find any. Then cloth masks quickly became the stand in, as well as the go to. People across the nation got creative with their cloth choices for their face masks.
Most People Have More Than One Face Mask
This then made me realize that people now have at least one face mask. If they have more than one, then they most likely have a favorite. I had three before I lost one, and the one I lost was my favorite. It was comfy to wear, the cloth didn’t feel like it stuck to my face, and it just felt nice. There wasn’t anything special about it as far as a design. It was a simple black mask. My “little black mask,” if you will.
Thinking about a lost little black mask also made me wonder if people have a mask wardrobe. Are people changing their masks to go with what they’re wearing, like how we try to match our shoes to go with whatever outfit we have on? It’s a possibility. Do people agonize over what mask to wear to a certain occasion? I’ll tell you that I certainly don’t. I grab whatever mask is in my purse and that’s the one I wear.
Embracing The Mask
But I still wonder if there are people out there who have embraced the face masks so much to the point where they have a lot of them, and for different events or occasions. No judgment if they do, but I’d like to meet these people. I want to see their collection and ask where they store them all. Do they have a drawer dedicated to their face masks? Are they hanging from their own hook in the house? Or are they stuffed into a purse or cupholder for ready use like mine?
I don’t know if I can say that the team members with Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling have a mask wardrobe. But you can tell that each person has their personal favorite for one reason or another. Maybe it has their favorite sports team, or a pattern that they really like. I can’t say that I’ve noticed anyone changing their mask to match what they’re wearing.
What about you? Do you and your family members have favorite masks, or multiple masks? Would you say that you have a mask wardrobe, or a trusty one or two?
At this point in time, it’s probably safe to assume that masks are here to stay. And if that’s really the case, then why not have fun with them, right? So, if you have a mask wardrobe, then I hope you’re showing it off! The world needs to see your personality, so don’t keep it hidden!