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The masked blogger

I think I am addicted to buying masks.

At the outset of this virus, I was scrambling to find masks, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, etc. I made my own sanitizer and have been lucky to find toilet paper at opportune times. But masks. Nope.

I asked a seamstress friend to make three masks for me when the solution was first publicized.I have my mother’s sewing machine, but I still haven’t taken the time to learn how to use it. I will. But not now. So I contacted an old friend and agreed to pay her what she thought they were worth.

Two days later, as anxiety set in, I asked another seamstress friend to make a few masks for me because I was getting antsy about how soon the first friend’s masks would arrive and I was still venturing out to the store every two or three days.

With her, I exchanged a roll of elastic I picked up last summer for the masks.

Both sets of masks arrived on the same day, so I went from none to six in a week and a half and I was contented for a while.

A few weeks later, I saw a mask with the Royal Arch Mason’s emblem on it. I am a state officer for Royal Arch Masons, so naturally, I had to have one since we were still planning to have a convention in the summer.

A week or two later, a brother Mason on a Facebook forum said his wife was ordering cloth with the Masonic square and compasses on it and he was taking orders. I ordered one. I am a Mason, after all, and I could wear it to masonic meetings, too.

In June, while dining with fellow members of Zaman Grotto, I stumbled across masks with the Grotto emblem of Mokanna, the veiled prophet, on it on eBay.  I ordered one while we chatted about the Grotto at a Mexican restaurant. I wore it to the Allied Masonic Degrees meeting at the end of June and used it as a recruiting tool for the Grotto. I haven’t worn it at Grotto, yet.

A few days later, while scrolling through my saved searches on eBay, I found another homemade mask with the square and compasses on it. I bought it, too, since the Facebook brother hadn’t mentioned his wife’s masks since asking who wanted one.

Three weeks after I got the eBay mask in, the Facebook brother announced the masks were ready, so I sent him a check last week and got the mask in the mail yesterday.

On Monday, while preparing for our annual ceremony at a time capsule the Cryptic Masons have at the state capitol, I picked up a pack of 10 disposable masks, in case anyone needed one. They didn’t, so I have that pack on hand now, too.

That’s 20 masks altogether: 10 cloth and 10 paper. And yet, I’m still looking at masks online and in the store.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the masks I already have, the courage to wear them everywhere I go, and the wisdom to know when enough is enough.

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