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The kids, they're alright

Jeanne Sager - Columnist
Posted 7/13/20

We weren't stalking. It was more a matter of right place, right time.

The trip between the farmer's market and our home requires driving past the place where our teenager was working. And it just …

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The kids, they're alright

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We weren't stalking. It was more a matter of right place, right time.

The trip between the farmer's market and our home requires driving past the place where our teenager was working. And it just so happened that as we were driving by, with temperatures in the high eighties, that we spotted our teenager walking out in the sunshine, far from other humans, with their mask firmly in place.

I was proud in the way that most parents are proud when their kid does the bare minimum, because it's in our nature to feel warm and gushy inside about the person we brought into this world. But it hit me too that I don't know that I've been quite that disciplined. Hot outdoor area with absolutely no one around? I've been known to yank my mask downward.

Adults everywhere are angry about masks.

And I get it.

They make us hot. They force us to smell our own stinky breath. They make talking difficult. And don't get a glasses wearer started on the fog.

But one adult to all the rest, I've got a tiny bit of news to share.

The kids are putting us to shame.

I've seen kids as young as 2 or 3 walking around with masks right where they belong, nose and mouth appropriately covered.

As children, they have every right to act like, well ... you know.

And I'm sure there's more than one parent out their wringing their hands over how hard it is to get a child to keep a piece of cloth firmly covering their mouth and nose.

But it happens.

They do it.

Even the ones old enough and savvy enough to find ways around it.

The kids ... they're alright.

But what about us?

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