First Kiss

sexy lipsticked mouth & tongueThey were nearing the prescribed percentage for herd immunity, but people were impatient and downright cranky, and as a result of that – well, that and the economy — restrictions were being lifted for those fully vaccinated.

Of course, you couldn’t be certain of the others; they could be fully vaxxed, recovered from COVID (but how long ago?), carrying the newest strain even though vaxxed, or just not trusting the public healthcare system and its attendant Big Brotherism.

But Tanya was ready to rumble, ready to dance and flirt and shake her booty until the morning sun cracked open the sky. She’d followed the rules, gotten her shots, been mindful of the vulnerable ones in her friends and family group, and masked up so often, the lower half of her face had a “farmer’s tan”; she supposed it really should be called an “epidemiologist’s tan.”

On the one hand, she’d gotten really good at making up her eyes to be their most alluring, but on the other hand, her remnants of lipstick had dried up and begun to smell funny from lack of use.

She laughed gamely and added a visit to the Stop, Shop ‘n’ Go, to find the juiciest, sexiest shade of lipstick they had, then rolled on out to the dance club.    

© Liz Husebye Hartmann (2021)

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35 thoughts on “First Kiss

  1. Good one, Liz. A ‘mask-life’ Six! I get through four/five of them at work for a 13 hour shift. At lunch break when you remove it to eat it’s bizzare because your nose, chin and cheeks still have the sensation you are wearing one. Worse was during our positive cases, when we had to wear FFP2 masks plus visors.

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  2. Love this somewhat wry look at a different priority, Liz.
    And re masks, here in France they are still obligatory in most public areas and all shops (although not, obviously, in cafes and restaurants).

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  3. To mask or not to mask seems to be the constant question. And most likely will be for some time. Covid aside though, our recent experience of the last year and a half indicates masking makes practical sense in certain situations.

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  4. I really enjoyed that! I too have felt ready to ‘burst out’, even if not to dance! I can’t! Yoiu really capture the mood of the time, Liz. And as for the dried out lipstick – pure class!

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    • Thanks!
      Added note: Went into a local coffee spot for a to-go iced coffee. I was the only one in there wearing a mask & was amused at the raised eyebrows and uncertain looks I got. Fuller vaxxer & fully masked, even when the shop does not require it. Cuz you can’t be sure…and they were reminded of it…🙊😷😆

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  5. Such a dilemma some have as to when is the right and safe time to break loose. What may seem obvious to some is not so much to others. As for me not rushing out just yet to get new lipstick or to wear the old. Don’t want to mess up the inside of my mask. HaHa

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  6. I, for one, (being of certain personality type) already misses the days of socially-valued distancing…lol

    (masks remain quite useful, in our part of the country, in mitigating the effects of summer pollen-storms)

    Good Six

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    • Fellow introvert! I think masks are not completely going away anytime soon. Witness recent massive fires, and the recommendation to wear masks to filter out ashes. 😕😷


      • after a lifetime of childhood being admonished to ‘Take your hands down from in front of your face, no one can understand what you’re saying’ the past Era of Face-masks was not a chore.

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