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We keep moving forward

Last week, I realized I’ve finally gotten used to wearing a mask. By that I mean, it is no longer something to which I pay any attention. It’s just part of my day. That makes it subject to my remarkable clumsiness and ability to injure myself out of thin air.

Here’s what happened: My phone rang, while a reporter was standing up to leave my office. We, of course, both had masks on. Once he made it to the doorway, I reached for the phone with my left hand … and simultaneously tried to wave “bye” while taking off my mask with the right hand.

I couldn’t do this intentionally in a million years, but I managed to both flick myself in the eye with the strap of my mask AND launch my mask across the room. That meant that by the time I actually picked up the phone, I was saying “Bye! Ow! Ooh, sorry, just flicked myself in the eye with my mask. Hello?”

I was also crying — partly because the eye was now watering, and partly because I was trying to stifle laughing really hard at myself.

So there you have it, anti-maskers, I guess masks are dangerous. (But not in ANY of the ways I’ve seen spewed across social media).

And it seems they have reached the same level of everyday risk for me as: desk corners, shelving units that have always been there, envelope flaps, car doors and throw rugs. Also the imaginary raised spot — the one that moves –on the office floor that I walk across every day.

As the new normal evolves, masks are now just part of the routine. A little different, but blending in nicely with life as we’ve always known it.

That’s how we’ve got to keep moving, isn’t it? We can’t let something become an obstacle just because it is not the way things have always been. And, in fact, understanding that life has NEVER stayed the same from year to year — or even day to day. In fact, life has always changed a lot more quickly than some care to admit.

That’s true here at The News and Sentinel, too. We had to put some traditions on hold until next year (but, hey, you didn’t have to endure my columns encouraging you to run or walk the annual Half Marathon, right?) Others carry on, but will just be a little different this year.

For example, local home cooks will still have the opportunity to show off their best recipes in our annual cookbook contest. Send us your recipes, ladies and gentlemen! We still want them, even if the annual tasting party is going to look very different this year. Our readers (and we, here at the paper) look forward to perusing those recipes every year.

Meanwhile, our sports department is hard at work putting together this year’s Pigskin Preview, which will still give you all the information you expect on our local football scene. But this year will also talk about changes we’re all facing and teams that will be taking a different approach to the season — maybe even waiting until spring.

It’s different, we’re all figuring it out together — but that doesn’t mean it is bad or scary. Despite how overwhelming it all felt in March, we keep moving forward; we keep finding a way.

So send us your recipes, don’t forget to grab your Pigskin Preview Aug. 27, and start training for next year’s Half Marathon. We’re so glad you’re moving forward with us. Just, you know, be careful with those masks.

Christina Myer is executive editor of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. She can be reached via e-mail at cmyer@newsandsentinel.com

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