Day 21: To mask or not to mask, that is the question

In England (at present) face coverings are not compulsory, however are advised in places where social distancing isn’t possible. At the moment, all major supermarkets are able to maintain this (though to varying degrees), and as this is the only place I am encountering people outside my household, I am yet to wear a face covering. This being said, with the government advising us this is the “new normal”, I embarked onto what turned out to be a mission to find the right face covering for me.

First of all, I needed to decide what degree of protection I might need. As it would only be for occasional use, I didn’t think a mask with replaceable filters was necessary, and it also produces more waste which is a big no-no for me. Next, I had to find places online that actually had stock and that was made in the UK. Etsy is a great website for handmade items and the opportunity to support a small business was too good to pass up. Now, if you search “face covering uk” in any search bar, you will be inundated with results, but I knew EXACTLY what I wanted: “Disney Face Mask Adult Washable in the UK”. There were still many options, but it wasn’t long until I found the one I wanted! [I got mine from Fish Extender Gifts UK] Ordered on Sunday, arrived on Tuesday! Perfect! I popped it straight in the wash and hung it out to dry in the sun to kill any germs. It looks great, fits well and is now safely stored in my handbag ready to pop on if I find myself in a situation where I need it.

I believe this mask is very ‘me’!

Another reason for having a decorative face covering is that I have a young son (7 months old) who is not used to seeing mummy with her face covered. I don’t want it to scare him, so having a brightly coloured design with pretty pictures on was intentional. My own mother hates masks to the point where she dreads going out, and she is an adult! It must be scary for children who aren’t used to seeing people in masks and don’t really understand why people are wearing them. It’s like that scene in E. T. All over again!

Poor E.T. and Elliott

Have you worn a face covering out and about? Do you feel it helps or does it make us and the people around us complacent? Do you think it’s important to have a decorative covering, particularly if you have children? Let us know in the comments!

Day 20 Menu

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Baked Beans on Seeded Toast

Lunch: Cheese & Cucumber Roll with Ready Salted Crisps

Dinner: Smoked Cod, Roast New Potatoes & Steamed Vegetables

Day 21 Menu

Breakfast: Apple & Cinnamon Porridge

Lunch: Pesto Pasta

Dinner: Lemony Spinach Pasta Bake

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