Effort in the Eyes


December 28, 2020

I don’t like wearing a mask. 

I don’t like not being able to see people’s expressions.  I don’t like people not being able to see my expressions. 

As I walked into the grocery store this morning, I tried to smile my thanks to someone.  But the mask blocks everything.

The kind woman who helped me find celery?  Foiled again:  she can’t see my face.

The couple we tried to pass politely?  A nod with the head has to suffice. 

Eventually, it hits me:  if all they can see of my face is my eyes, then I best start to communicate better with my eyes.

I took a few seconds more and started looking at people directly in their eyes, trying hard to convey sincerity.  

Remembering to connect with someone as a human?  A good silver lining for today!

Silver Linings…

started as my personal response to 2020’s global pandemic of COVID-19.  When I published them locally,  I was surprised by how much people responded to them.


I hope they bring some positivity to you, too, during this unsettling time

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