(Pun intended 😉)
Having been into the heart of “Coronaville” just recently, and remembering the last intense variety of encounters we experienced, it was with some trepidation that we ventured back into it… Would we be turned away completely this time? Would we be able to accomplish anything? However, we committed the entire trip to the Lord, and trusted him to guide our paths.
Canadian Tire was the strictest last time; and as we had to return something as well as purchase a couple more items, we approached the entrance with a big question mark in our minds. Just before we reached the front doors, we decided to go through the “back door”, so to speak, to avoid the mask police at the front. That worked! But we hurried around trying to find our items before they could chase us down…
At Customer “Service”, we were greeted by what I consider a rude question, especially when it isn’t even preceded by a proper greeting: “Do you guys have masks?”
My best half answered “No” so quietly the cashier didn’t fully hear, so she clarified: “So that’s a ‘No’?”
“That’s a ‘No’”, I confirmed.
After a moment, “And the REASON would be…?” she pried. My best half didn’t even hear her, as it was so quiet; and I couldn’t think of a single thing to say, so we said absolutely nothing.
Receiving no answer, she grumpily stormed over to her till, muttering, “Fine! DON’T answer me, then! But you’ll have to stand behind the shield…” and the rest was lost behind the shield, her mask, and the fact that her back was now turned toward us.
That’s when we noticed there were no mask police by the front door… Hmmmm…?
The main grocery store had mask police stationed right at the door, and upon my entrance, I was asked by the woman sitting there, “Can I give you a mask today?” I did’t hear what she said the first time, actually, so I leaned right close with my hand cupped over my good ear, and asked her to repeat it. She did: “Can I give you a mask today?”
Smiling, I assured her, “No, thank you; I don’t want one today, either.” While she processed that new idea, I walked into the store past her blank look.
It seemed that the mask enforcement was less stringent this time… Perhaps when the mandates first come out, folks are all eager to jump on the bandwagon and be the best followers they can be. But maybe the stress it causes them and everyone else is just not worth the trouble it takes, and they lighten up after a while…? The huge digital billboard had nothing about mandatory masks posted, either…
The gas station we stopped at first had no signs whatsoever on their door. No mask signs, no “Covid anything” posted. Which rather surprised me, but it gave me a boost. 😁 However, people have become so accustomed/slavish to wearing these dirty diapers on their faces, they do it anyways!! Even when they don’t “have” to! 🤔Where is the logic in that!?!
My best half suggests: Perhaps the lack of covid signs in some places, and the “lightening up” of enforcement is really a TEST to see how well the masses are being conditioned…. Hmmm…?
Taken all together, it was a successful day, and we are rejoicing and giving God ALL the glory for it. The weather was even lovely enough to have an outdoor picnic, rather than having to balance food on our laps in the truck. 😁
Until next time…