I was shopping at Meijer's last night and everyone was polite and I gave space to anybody I was walking by.
When I was leaving the sporting goods department, a young man who was walking back and forth aimlessly actually walked into my path.
I stepped back and waited for him to realize what he had done knowing it wasn't intentional.
He turned and saw me and looked startled and stepped back a little bit spreading his arms and hands as if he were to steady himself against an imaginary wall behind him.
The words out of his mouth were not "Excuse me", they were "You're not wearing a mask!"
I bet he went to public school.
People wear masks who know that they don't work.
They don't want the hassle, they want to follow the rules, they don't want to upset others.
Not to be harsh, but they are enablers.
If you can get away with it, get away with it.
Or THEY will keep getting away with it.
And: Never Forget.
A Poem for the Day
He didn’t only light a room
He did away with dark
An MBA who sang and danced
I give you my friend, Mark
He capered in a play I wrote
Don’t worry, I won’t quote it
No need to say he played the part
Much better than I wrote it
So gifted that he stood above
But still one of the guys
You knew he heard you with his heart
Because he listened with his eyes
So, when I tell you who he was
Your ears, dear listeners, lend
Executive at Freddie Mac
And husband, father, friend
Then like three thousand others
Who left home unconcerned
He made a trip one fateful day
From which no one returned
Two weeks of doubt
Two weeks of prayer
Please tell me that
He wasn’t there
That somehow from the fire and dust
He got away
He must. He must.
The terror, the disaster
The pain, the loss, the waste
What horror to imagine
The moment that he faced
I know though from the man he was
And by the life he chose
That he, when it was finished,
Instead of falling, rose
Tarzana Joe https://www.tarzanajoe.com/a-poem-for-the-day/
Mark Schurmeier 9/11/ Peace Fund
Wake Forest University