I was at the house the other day when my wife walked in and said, "I was in a hurry and I saw __________ at __________ today but they didn't recognize me, so I didn't have to talk to them because I was wearing my mask."

Of course it got me thinking, how many times had I been "Saved By The Mask"? How many times had I been out in public, wearing a mask and maybe a ball cap and I happened to see Uncle Homer at the supermarket, or Aunt Marge at the gas station and they weren't wearing a mask and I was? Therefore they didn't know it was me, but I did know it was them and I was able to avoid being cornered by them.

First, let me say that I don't have and Uncle named Homer or an Aunt named Marge, the names have been changed to protect the innocent. Also let me state, and if you know me you know this, I genuinely love people and enjoy being around them and spending time with them.

However, there are times when you need to buzz in and out of supermarket or gas station or wherever, and you just aren't able to stop and talk and visit at that specific time. So, if you're wearing one those are the times that you are "Saved By The Mask".

The masks that we used to look at people and wonder why they were wearing them before COVID-19 are now possibly keeping us healthy but also those same masks may be saving all of us from social interactions that we need to put off to another time.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not on my high horse here. I'm pretty certain that this conversation has happened way more than once or ten times about yours truly since we all started wearing masks:

"Hey, I saw Tyler today at the store and I was able to avoid him because I was wearing my mask and he didn't recognize me. Thank goodness! That guy just talks and talks and talks and talks...I would've never been able to get away from him...whew!'

You know...if I know anyone, I know me. And I totally get it...

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