Expression is so much more stifled these days. It’s been so much harder to read people’s facial expressions because half of their faces are covered. It’s funny – it’s like I’ve suddenly been in a long distance relationship with most of my friends. Lovers used to have a choice. Now there’s barely any other option.
I just got wind of another death close to my family – my second during the quarantine. To say that facing a death is hard can be so cliché it’s almost comic. But to say that covid has made it even harder and even worse – I don’t know. I’m at a loss. It just leaves me with feelings of helplessness.
I found that it’s so exasperating to have people repeat what they want to say just because I couldn’t hear properly through the masks and face shields. And I find it even sadder that when there are good things to be expressed – compliments, gratitude, fascination, appreciation – we now have to settle for assuming how the people expressing these emotions look like instead of the pleasure of seeing it for ourselves.