Subtitle: I wear the mask, part 2
Previously (A Coronavirus Chronicle #12, Subtitle: I wear the mask, part 1, May 26, 2020), I wrote that although I have no symptoms of the coronavirus, it is possible that I could be an asymptomatic carrier. Therefore, I wear a mask as a conscious act of care for others.
Of the two, now, typical occurrences when encountering others, the first, about which I wrote heretofore, being racial bias, the second has to do with smiling.
To smile is to share with others an identifiable and a non-threatening sign of attention, appreciation, affection, or admiration. Even more, the smile, as an outward and visible sign of an inward affability, has a sacramental essence. I like to smile (and to laugh, but that’s a subject for another post).
Wearing a mask presents an obvious problem. So, especially when encountering strangers, I’m learning to employ an expanding combination of gestures – the widened eyes and the wave of a hand of recognition, the nod of the head of respect of another’s God-given human dignity, the use of the voice, “Hello,” especially in the upper tenor range of cheerfulness, and, yes, still with the now masked smile.
© 2020 PRA