Back in the 50’s the local meat-packing plant in Orangeburg sponsored a name-the-pony contest. The entry blanks were by the door at the grocery store and on a whim, Mother decided to give it a shot. High fidelity sound equipment had just been introduced so Mother chose the name “Hi-fi” which was already becoming a trendy name for lipstick, paint colors, etc. Long story short, she won and we became the owners of a frisky, barely broken spotted pony named Hi-Fi.
I was reminded of how trends emerge Friday night at a wedding I officiated high in the mountains of North Carolina. The mother of the groom sported a pretty green dress with a matching face mask. She told me that the dress needed hemming and she asked the sewer to make the mask from the remnants of hemming.
A new culture is emerging as we forge our way through this pandemic. Not only are the fashion conscious demanding trendy, designer masks, we are discovering a new vocabulary. Masker, antimasker, maskne and smizing are all words that are becoming part of our everyday language. Maskers, of course, are those who would not dare leave the confines of their homes without a mask. They are the same ones who might chase you down with a grocery cart and berate you in the parking lot of the grocery store. The antimaskers are the ones who, no matter how badly they want an ice cream cone, will turn away in stoic resolve at the shop door if a mask is required for entry. “Maskne” is the coined word for a new bane of acne caused by wearing a mask. And, in case you haven’t heard it, “smizing” is the word for smiling with your eyes when no one can see the rest of your face.
An artist friend of mine has written a children’s spy book with the main character in search of the elusive “Quarantine” just to ask the question of how long Quarantine will hang around. This reminds me that in spite of the inconvenience, stress, displacement, fear, and anxiety that accompanies this pandemic, opportunity for creativity, levity and invention remains. We are resilient people and are much more adaptable than we realize. While the current situation is not easy, it is doable and we are “doing it.”
While there is little certainty about how long this state of “doing it” will continue there is all certainty that one day it will be a passing memory. And as has been proven time and time again in history, as the current crisis subsides, our having survived it will teach us much about ourselves and each other. In the meantime, though, as the quarantine and isolation wear on us, do not feel like you have to weather this alone. We are a phone call away from each other and if the “doing it” becomes more than you can bare, make the call and let us help you find the support you need.
On another note, as we find ourselves currently in a national election cycle, keep in mind that everyone has a right to their own opinion about candidates. That is why we have an election in the first place – so that everyone has a place to express their own personal opinion and preference. Also, please keep in mind that the negative things we say to each other about their choices can be demeaning, hurtful and damaging. I personally am taking a break from Facebook. I find it disheartening to view the unkind and hurtful postings among “friends” and even those who are Christians. We are called to edify and encourage one another, not verbally destroy each other. I am constantly reminded of Paul’s words to the church at Philippi: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8). If we measure all of our words by the words of Paul, this world would be a much nice place to inhabit.
Be safe, take care of yourself and each other.
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