Chronicling the Days – Mariam S. Pal

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

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This piece is by Mariam S. Pal, writing on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Image: Creative Commons

My Masquerade

My masquerade begins. I wipe off my red lipstick, adjust the mask’s folds up over my nose and down onto my chin. I‘m careful the elastics do not get ensnared in my earrings as I slide the straps over the backs of my ears. Wearing a mask in public is my new routine. Exiting the car, I look around. Many faces are covered.

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2 thoughts on “Chronicling the Days – Mariam S. Pal

  1. One of my first reactions to the pandemic & mask-wearing was, look at us all now, covering up like women from Islamic culture have done for centuries but for their own reason. Maybe this will change something in Quebec culture?! It should… (if Legault and legions like him only had a clue.)


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