Sunday, June 20, 2021

Father's Day, Unmasked

I ran errands yesterday for the first time since the mask mandate was lifted in the state of California. There were still plenty of people inside stores who had them on, including me, but outdoors was a different thing altogether. No one wore them, and it was joyous. Smiles, eye contact, actual hellos at 8 o’clock in the morning. 

Everyone was just soaking in other people’s faces. 

After so long having to interpret an expression based on the crinkling around somebody’s eyes, it was a wonderful thing to be able to take the whole measure of a person. 

I was on the hunt for a Father's Day gift, which led me to my favorite hardware store, where I always say hello to my favorite employee.

 If you’re a dad, or a father figure to someone, have a wonderful day.


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