Shelter in Place: Day 65

Heyo! 10 days left in Oakland.

I took a walk this morning for the first time in a while. I get really stressed out about seeing other people. And especially people not wearing masks or keeping their distance.

I guess there is some “debate” going on about wearing masks. Which makes no sense to me, but then again very little makes sense these days.

Here’s why I choose to wear a mask in public. Warning it contains major spoilers for the Agatha Christie book “The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side”.

So in “The Mirror Crack’d” there is a famous actress who is often described as “cursed”. She had a fantastic career, a loving spouse and was expecting her first child when she came down suddenly with a fever. Because of the fever, her child is born with severe brain damage and the resultant stress causes the actress to have a breakdown. This essentially ends her marriage and stalls her career for many years.

Time passes and the actress is about to make a comeback. She hosts a party. At the party she meets one of her fans who gushes on and on about how proud the fan was to meet the actress once many years ago. The fan says, “Even though I was feeling poorly at the time, I got up out of my bed and went to meet you. I just had to meet you despite having a fever.”

So, then the actress goes on a killing spree and you know other stuff.

But the point I am trying to get at is that I don’t want to be responsible for ruining someone’s life. Let alone killing them outright. I don’t want to be the fan who later gets poisoned.

In fact, I don’t even want to have the slightest doubt about this. I don’t want to think EVER that there was something more I could have done to protect others.

As you may be aware, I am on the anxious side at the moment, but wearing a mask when I might encounter others is a tiny thing I can do to contribute to a slower spread of disease and a better chance at survival for others. It helps me control my anxiety. It helps other people stay safe.

That’s all for today.

Thanks for reading.

All the best,

LAF

 

 

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