Mask or shield, Ms. Rachael?

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Mask or shield, Ms. Rachael?

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I have been a theatre educator for almost 10 years, in particular, children's theatre. I have seen, experienced, and done all that there can be done in a field such as this. Before the official lockdown, we were in the middle of rehearsing 5 different productions. Then, the world shut down and everything stopped.
Once it was finally deemed "safe" to be back around one another, rehearsals started again and picked up where we left off. The kids were now older, they had memorized this script forward and back while being stuck at home, and they were eager to get back to work and finish their show.
We social distanced, always fever checked, washed hands around the clock, and packed every safety measure we could.
Before they begun to sing, they asked me which would be okay to use - the mask or their shield.
I took this photo at the end of their dance, when the boundaries of social distancing did not apply.
I remember when they leaned in to one another, hovering over someone else, I audibly gasped because I had not seen them that close together in so long.
This photo will always remind me of how nervous I was to transition back to post lockdown.

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This item was submitted on January 22, 2023 by Rachael Gafner using the form “Share Your Story” on the site “A Journal of the Plague Year”:

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