Embracing the ‘new normal’ with coronavirus

By Bobby Saberra

“I don’t mind the so-called new normal but why do I have to go home every time I forget to wear it?” says the office employee who walks out of the house only to return to fetch it or the security guard barks at him like the manager.

“The wearing of the face mask is an equalizer,” says a 19-year-old teenage girl who dreams of having a boyfriend. “With face mask you can’t tell if a guy is cute or nakakatacute.”

Her gang agreed. They have learned to stop hunting crushes and they are afraid they could go wrong.

“What if the guy with a mask looks like King Kong?” They all laughed.

The young boys have their revenge. “I see this girl from another school with a flowing hair but she looks like an artista with a wide mouth.”

Of course, he didn’t see her mouth, the girls said, he just can’t approach girls.

For others, the so-called “new normal” like not arriving on time because of the annoying checkpoints is nothing new at all, just a new name to an old game we practice daily.

“I like being late now. I have an excuse not to wake up early,” says a government employee who used to rush to work.

“Now it’s cool,” she says. “There are only a few passengers- no elbow to elbow and that is refreshing.”

“I pray the new normal melts away,” says another.

“Every morning you wake up with the same boring news on the pandemic and it gives no sign of hope. Can they at least stop bombarding us with sickening terms as positive, suspect and what have you that irritates us all. It is plain sensationalizing.”

All the media knows is sensationalize. Sure, it is good to have them on the news to inform the public. But nearly three months of sensationalism in news coverage is too much.Just too much, and it’s psychologically sickening. It makes everyone dumb.

Will somebody please bring in the real sensible new normal? Maybe, that will be easier to embrace.

Artwork courtesy of Free Art

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