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  • Writer's pictureTina Hill

Face Masks & Smoking Train Cars

With Florida being my mom's permanent residence, I'm making an effort to visit her as much as possible. Due to her health issues, flying is no longer an option for her. This weekend was pretty special. It was the first time my sister and I planned a weekend away together, and it definitely won't be the last. A lot of memories have been made and laughs have been had. One of my dearest and oldest friends, Janine, even made the drive from Sarasota, and we all had a fabulous time. #florida #FortMyers #weekendaway #motherdaughterweekend #memories #sistertime #sisters

Departure from Logan was pretty uneventful, and everything went as planned without delay (woohoo). As I walked around the airport taking notice of all the faces around me in face masks, it made me take pause and wonder, are today's face masks like the smoking train cars from the 80s? Let me elaborate. Anyone that commuted to NYC via Metro North will remember the unhappiness and defiance that developed once smoking train cars got banned. There were a ton of unhappy smokers...not being allowed to smoke on the train. We are talking hundreds of business people who commuted daily and smoked regularly would now be in violation of smoking on the train. Being a non smoker and someone who commuted daily to NYC throughout the 80s and 90s, I was thrilled. It was awesome to cross through train cars without walking into a cloud of smoke, but I do remember how nasty a lot of commuters became and how quite a few would still light up disregarding the new rules. #smokingtrains #nosmoking #NYC #metronorth #commuter

Slowly and over time, however, and with airlines also jumping on the no smoking bandwagon..and later public venues, it not only became accepted, but it also became the new norm. Today, smoking train cars are a thing of the past...who can even remember them? Thirty plus years later, and we are now experiencing another new standard. While many want to fight it, I'm honestly believing that face masks are the new norm and are here for the long haul. Retailers are cashing in on this tiny item, public spaces and private businesses are mandating personnel to wear them, and Fauci is still advocating the health benefits of wearing masks. Personally, I hate covering my mouth and nose and feel like I can't breathe. I know I'm not alone, and while in Florida, I am loving every second of freedom this state offers, especially not having to wear a face covering. Tomorrow, I return to Massachusetts reality. One that I must accept..just like the end of those smoking trains. #facemasks #reality

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