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Letter for Friday, May 1, 2020

Bring aloha to brief encounters

I have just returned from my twice a week trip to Kapa’a town. People are a bit stressed. Most folks are masked up and distancing, but many eyes show frustration. I don’t know what that person behind her mask is feeling, Could be, a son, a senior who won’t “walk?” Athletic scholarship or competition put on hold? A big event or trip or surgery postponed till whenever? A sick husband? Or, the big one, – No job, No Money coming in.

As we wait as nicely as possible outside the Kapa’a Post office, we hope that we can smile and get an “eye” smile back when we finally get through the door. The Kapa’a Post office is only able to have one employee handling the counter, where they often had two or more before COVID 19. We hope we can receive a smile as that person behind the counter may be the only adult outside of family who we interact with this day. The checkers at Big Save or Longs, The Gas station attendant, people in our community “manning the forts”, these are the few folks who we communicate with in person during this quarantine. Can we make that brief exchange a moment of aloha? Eye Smile.

Mary Gannon Alfiler, Kapa‘a

  1. Citizen May 1, 2020 6:43 am Reply

    Interesting observations. I wonder if our overlords desire a divided and anonymous society where smiles don’t exist. Think of the muslim burka that forces women into hiding. You think anyone recognizes them when they can only expose eyes? It is a way to control people and subjugate.

    1. Michael Mann May 2, 2020 3:12 pm Reply

      Comparing masks to burkas is not just ridiculous, but offensive! People are seriously losing their grip on reality.

      So what are you going to do, DEMAND that hospital workers NEVER wear masks because it hides their smile? You know very well what this is for. Why are you people acting like this?

  2. Kauaidoug May 1, 2020 7:57 am Reply

    And thank them for performing ng their job!

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