monthly conversation experiment #13

Phyllis S. Haynes of Narrowsburg, NY

Masks and vaccines

Posted 6/30/21

How do I really feel about masks and vaccines? It’s not just what I want, but also what is good for the people around me. I’m not an island in this world. I interact with others on a …

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monthly conversation experiment #13

Phyllis S. Haynes of Narrowsburg, NY

Masks and vaccines

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How do I really feel about masks and vaccines? It’s not just what I want, but also what is good for the people around me. I’m not an island in this world. I interact with others on a regular basis and my faith said, “Do this not only for yourself but for others.”

I will admit I’m not thrilled about wearing a mask. It’s uncomfortable. My glasses fog up a lot. It’s harder to recognize people and harder to understand what people are saying. But I have to admit, I got into masks and have them in all liturgical colors (yes, there is such a thing) and patterns; I also have some with sayings on them (such as “be love”). I even have a mask with a clerical “tab” on it! However, there are plenty of reasons to wear a mask: family, friends, parishioners, community, country. And the benefits of wearing a mask make it all worthwhile! The biggest one, of course, is that the number of people dying from COVID-19 has decreased for the most part. Plus, folks are getting fewer colds and flu since wearing masks.

I was glad to get the vaccine—not thrilled since I don’t like getting shots of any kind. However, it was important to me to get the vaccine so that I didn’t get COVID-19. Yes, I know I might still get it, but it will not be as serious. It was also important to get the vaccine for the same reasons as wearing a mask: for the sake of the people around me, family, friends, parishioners, community, country.

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