Letter: Join the smiling facemask movement, tell others

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 14, 2020

I have an idea for a solution to the inherent depression that Americans are feeling. I am deadly serious about this so it is not to be taken as humor.

As I was shopping for food yesterday i was wearing my mask and keeping my distance. As usual, I found myself smiling behind my mask at people passing by. That is generally what old people do when passing other old people.

It dawned on me that they could not see my smile and could not acknowledge it by smiling back.

The feeling in the store was rather doom and gloom, with people suspicious of everyone around them. A simple solution to this is for everyone to draw a smile on their mask. I believe it would further the idea that “we are all in this together.”

It might bring a bit of humor to numerous people who could stand a little humor in these troubled times. This obviously won’t work with bandannas, but eventually everyone will be able to get the proper masks.

Maybe bandanna makers can find smiley face material if they are so inclined. Pass it forward. Any assistance in furthering this movement would be appreciated.

— Tony Grillo

China Grove