One Liner Wednesday – No is the New Yes

When we were on the parkway, we stopped at most of the overlooks on our route to take in the different views of the mountains. I donned my mask because even outside in the fresh mountain air, people were abundant, many without masks. Better to be safe than sorry, I think.

The Park Service had signs posted at Craggy Gardens suggesting social distancing of 6’ apart. As I was walking along, I saw a man with his dog, unmasked, but respectful of everyone’s space. As I walked by, he was sitting on the rock wall trying to get a ‘selfie’ with his dog when I heard him say,

“Excuse me. Could you take a photo of me and my dog?”

My mind quickly spun into gear. Friendly guy, but no mask. He had been taking photos, handling his phone and talking into it, do doubt. I had no hand sanitizer on my person and I was a good distance from the car. I smiled, but he couldn’t see that, of course.

”Sorry, I can’t – the virus”

His face shifted to acknowledgement and realization.

”Oh, ok, yeah. I understand.”

This is my new reality. I always loved obliging people by taking their photos. Once in the car, I wondered if he had an iPhone.  💭  I could have air-dropped it. Whoops, no. No wifi. And would he want me to have his photo on my phone? 💭 

I truly was sorry. Not a fan of this new Covid Reality.

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29 thoughts on “One Liner Wednesday – No is the New Yes”

  1. I’m not quite so cautious, but I’m happy that the places I visit are pretty COVID-free. But only because I can look at a map each day to reassure myself. If I didn’t have that knowledge, I would probably do the same as you did.

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      1. Yeah, that’s the problem. We have a map, but it shows the cases where people *live* not where they caught the virus. So you’re never quite sure. But we’re probably doing a lot less tourism at the moment than you. My gut feel is that people won’t go far from home.

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  2. What an uncomfortable moment, Maggie. You have to stick to what’s right for you. One of my closest friends can’t understand why I won’t get together with her. Her husband goes all around the state without a mask. Whatever he has, she has. I’m not taking the chance. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Such trying times. Self care is paramount because we have lost faith in those components of government that should help protect us. I am extremely cautions and have only had interactions with two people besides my husband.


  3. I would’ve said no, too. But you’ve got me wondering about whether I would offer to take his photo on my phone and send it to him. I guess it would depend on the vibe I got from him. I’m glad he understood.

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