China: The Masked Person

by Jennifer Venter March. 19, 2020 275 views
The new fashion accessory - different masks worn in Lanzhou, China |  Photo Credit: Jennifer Venter of Fleetingtime Photography

The new fashion accessory - different masks worn in Lanzhou, China | Photo Credit: Jennifer Venter of Fleetingtime Photography

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have been wearing face masks since February 2020. This was a huge adjustment to our way of thinking and operating each day. Now when we leave home for a walk or grocery shopping, it is a case of 'do you have the keys, do you have your mask'. We have to wear a mask wherever we go and it takes some getting used to.

Can you see my smile?  I'm smiling, I promise.

Can you see my smile? I'm smiling, I promise.

Since we do not speak the language in China, I have always relied on my smile to communicate whether this is to say hello, or please help. A smile can go a long way when people do not understand you. But since wearing a mask, my smile seems rather redundant. Now don't misunderstand me, I still smile under the mask but can't tell whether the smile-receiver is 'seeing' my smile. I look forward to the day when masks are no longer mandatory, and I can SMILE big time everywhere I go.

Another interesting adventure this week was having my hair coloured. When I walked into the salon, my first thought was to remove my mask as how on earth were they going to do my hair? But my mask remained on the entire time, through the colouring process, washing and drying phase.

Hair Time in Lanzhou, China

Hair Time in Lanzhou, China

If you are just walking around, then the mask becomes part of your day, your outfit and your way of life. I have seen many Chinese ladies who are creating beautiful outfits which also includes their mask, gloves and goggles. But then one decides to get a meal or a coldrink, and the mask becomes a rather annoying obstruction. But if you want to eat and drink, then you make a plan right?

Ice Cream time in Lanzhou, China

Ice Cream time in Lanzhou, China

This mask experience has definitely given me a greater respect for people that have to cover their faces every single day whether through their professions, their religions or personal choice.

Wherever you are during this difficult time, I hope you are healthy, happy and safe in your country. Leave a comment below and tell me about how you are.

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Tsao T-F 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Keep safe, keep healthy, and keep positive Thoughts.

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Camellia Staab 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Always a pleasure to read your blogs. Is the mask a hindrance as far as your business?
No masks here, not yet, but feeling the strain of it all. So many things shut down and so many plans changed. Hopefully we will all get through this. Keep safe, keep healthy and keeping posting smile

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Jennifer 2 weeks, 1 day ago

It is always so heartwarming to read your blogs Jen. It reminds me of real people out there in the world - sharing their moments of this life so freely with us all. Thank you for being you. I 'see' your smile - in my heart always!

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Jennifer Venter Replied to Jennifer 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Wonderful!  Yes I agree, we can all feel very isolated and alone during these strange times but somehow we need to band together.  It is amazing how many videos and posts I have seen where people are helping each other whether with food, kind words, pet care, exercise etc.  We are, after all, all in this together.

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Jennifer Replied to Jennifer Venter 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Spot on! We are ALL in this together - my prayer on my heart - how may I truly be helpful <3 xxxx

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