Are the Masks Coming off in Texas… Or not?

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Scarlet Lindsey | Civil Patriot

A couple of weeks back our Governor in Texas lifted the mandate on mask wearing. Perhaps I misunderstood his actions. I actually thought this meant that we wouldn’t have to wear masks in public anymore. 

My bad.

The trouble started at a local grocery store. On the day the mandate lifted, I had some grocery shopping to do. I was so excited to go mask free. When I got to the door, there was no sign saying I needed to wear a mask inside, so I just marched right in like I owned the place.

They were probably 100+ people in the stores. Men, women, children… The whole gamut. Imagine my surprise as I stroll down that first aisle and noticed that every single person was wearing a mask. I thought it must surely be a fluke so I kept going. I turned onto the second aisle and found exactly the same thing. Then the third, then the fourth, and so on. 

I was literally the only person in the grocery store without a mask.

Then I noticed the stares. Then the glares. They were all looking at me, as if to ask, “Where the heck is your mask, idiot?”

At this point I began to feel like a criminal. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. 

But then I had to stop at a second store to pick up dog food. I decided I would try my experiment one more time. This was a supercenter and surely it would be loaded with maskless faces. 


I came across one family without masks. They looked quite happy and carefree. Everyone else? Not so much.

Since that day I’ve noticed that most of the stores and restaurants in Texas still have the “Masks required” signs up. So, really… The Governor’s release of the mandate means nothing if the individual businesses make it their policy to boot you if you’re not wearing a mask.

Actually, I’m not altogether sure they would be allowed to boot you. A friend of mine tested this theory at a grocery store and was told that she could go inside as long as she submitted to a questionnaire and temperature check. 

Dang. I think it’s easier just to put the mask on. 

Maybe that’s the problem. Maybe it’s just easier to shove the mask on and look like everyone else than to stick out like a sore thumb. Maybe we’re all just a bunch of lemmings, strolling down the aisle of life, unapproachable and unrecognizable. Robots. 

My neighbor saw me outside without a mask on. You’ve never seen anyone back up so fast in your life. We were already 20 feet apart but she scurried backwards like a gopher heading down his hole. I explained that I had antibodies and she came back with, “Oh, you’ve had the vaccine!” (For the first time she almost looked relieved.)

“No,” I said “I had COVID a couple of months back and I still have the antibodies.”

This led to a lengthy lecture from my neighbor about how people who have had COVID still have to have the vaccine.

I’m not pro VAX or anti-VAX or anything VAX. but I do believe in individual liberties. Honestly? I’m just one of those people who doesn’t like to be told what to do. Sometimes, if I’m being totally honest, I rebel, just for the sake of rebelling. 

Hint: If these people would stop pushing and demanding, I might find it easier to go along with some of their requests.

Some would call me selfish for wanting to pull the mask off, I guess. Some would say I don’t care about the welfare of others. But I get just as much flack from my conservative friends if I do put on a mask. Then they call me a sheep.

I can’t win. 

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait till this season is behind us. In the meantime, I’m going to try to start thinking for myself, thank you very much.  



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