As a practitioner of the masked arts, I am happy to share some of my recent mask-related observations and suggestions. I hope you will find them helpful!
Some masks are now featuring messages, so it occurs to me that all of us can use our masks—like our T-shirts—to make short statements, or even advertise! “WEAR MASKS LIKE ME” can suggest thoughts such as “NO DUH!”, “I’M NOT STUPID!”, “SIX FEET, PLEASE” or “EAT PIZZA”.
Savvy mask-wearers with an interest in subtle evangelism might feature notes such as “WOKE LUTHER”, “FAITH WORKS” or “KISSED BY GRACE”. The ensuing conversations could be fascinating.
Truly inventive techies could help people like me with our hearing-aid interactions. Here’s our problem: We take off our masks and our hearing aids start to fly into the air! Perhaps some mask wizards could come up with a better design, one that doesn’t involve ears, straps, magnets or super-glue.
Mask fashion seems to be adapting nicely to demand. So, for older folks, why not masks that match our necklaces, earrings or suspenders? Or how about masks with stylish moustaches painted on them? For that matter, could fake beards—like toupees—be affixed to masks? Sunday-go-to-church masks?
Mask accessories could be a sure-fire next step. Many of us could use automated electronic mask-cleaning appliances, mask racks for our closets and mask storage containers for our purses or cars. How about some zany faux-masks for our pet ferrets? Small brushes for removing pesky soot, grime or Fritos® crumbs? Maybe another book in the FOR DUMMIES series?
As you can see, mask-wearing can continue to grow in popularity when we apply our minds to the integration of mask-ness into our daily lives. When we think positively….
We can do that!