Putting a Face to the Mask

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Putting a Face to the Mask

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When talking to a person I've just met who is wearing their protective mask, my brain begins 'picturing' what that person looks like with their mask OFF.

The area of a person's face between the base of their chin and the bridge of their nose (i.e. the "lower half") seems more defining of their appearance than what I had imagined.

Masks are necessary during this pandemic, but they steal half of our face. We lose a defining aspect of who we are; what we look like. Only YOU have YOUR face. But with a mask on, I can only guess what you look like, and for some reason my brain wants to know.

I am never disappointed by what a person's face turns out to look like in its entirety. I'm not concerned with actual 'quality of looks' the way my brain seems to be with "putting a face to the mask."

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