Delta didn’t Dawn
Thursday August 19th 2021, 5:27 pm
Filed under: Life

I raised an eyebrow as she walked in to the post office across and just ahead of me but it was to no effect. In that instant, in her reaction, it was clear she hadn’t simply forgotten hers.

By law right now you must wear a mask indoors in public places in this county.

She was having some issue with whatever she was trying to send, and so she spent a fair amount of time with the clerk explaining it to her, then going over to the side to fill out whatever, coming back to her, and back to over there, and was finally ready to come back again to that clerk.

Who was a very petite older Asian woman, very sweet, very soft-spoken, very smiling, trying hard to help the customer.

And in no position, neither culturally nor job-wise, newly working the front there, to ruffle feathers with her.

Yeah well I am. I got done, turned to that not-a-minority woman from about ten feet away and gave it my deaf-woman best. I was not shouting but I wanted everybody in that post office to hear me and I think it fair to say they did.

My tone was one of someone who’s very angry but trying to keep it under control. People stuck in their online echo chambers are not going to change till they get pushback from the real world holding them accountable for their actions–and I wanted to stand up for that poor clerk who couldn’t stand up for herself.

I wanted to say something the woman could not push back against nor punish anyone else for.

“I nearly *died* of covid and people who don’t wear masks have *no* idea!” I said, looking her straight in the eye. And thinking, Don’t you DARE do that to these good people here!

And turned and was gone.

And then I had to get over being angry because if I didn’t pray for her, and mean it, then I was on some level just as guilty as her: I know better.

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Thank you for standing up for what’s right!
You definitely made the clerk’s day.
I think in the US you can order stamps to be delivered to you … and even print parcel labels at home, then order a pickup.
Canada Post is only at the postage delivery stage I think.

Comment by Lisa RR 08.19.21 @ 5:31 pm

Good for you. And yes, once we have our say, we need to let it go and let someone else take control. (-:

Comment by Anne 08.19.21 @ 6:20 pm

I admire your bravery…just be careful…those “Karens” can get ugly.

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 08.20.21 @ 6:06 am

Yeah. I have some very unkind thoughts toward these people, and I don’t want to, and somehow that makes me even more mad at them. “Look how uncharitable you are making me feel!”

Comment by ccr in MA 08.20.21 @ 6:43 am

THank you. If we let ‘those’ people cow us into saying nothing, then the world is worse for it. You may not like some laws/rules, but there is a reason they are there and you can’t ‘cherry pick’ the ones you want to obey. “Oh today I’ll drive on the left-hand side of the road…get out of my way I have rights!” Anyrate I feel my blood pressure kind of climbing as I think of this, lol.

Comment by Helen Mathey-Horn 08.20.21 @ 8:53 am

Thank you for saying something. It needs to be said, every single time. With numbers increasing again, we all need to speak up. And thank you for following it with a prayer.

I’m *so* glad you survived. Let’s give everyone that chance.

Comment by Pegi F 08.20.21 @ 3:13 pm

If you ever run into her again, she probably won’t recognize you because you were wearing, ta-da, a mask!

Comment by LauraN 08.20.21 @ 9:35 pm

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