Do YOU Wear a Mask?


All of this mask-wearing has got me thinking.

My sweet neighbor came over with a set of masks for my family to wear when we venture out. A friend made an Ohio State mask for my “at risk” 80-year-old father to wear when he needs to start going out to the doc or for a few errands. Masks have the potential to help protect us or protect others if we are sick.

Regardless of your feelings of these masks, or your political view of this whole pandemic, we all wear masks.


Perhaps your mask covers your pain.

Maybe your mask covers your insecurities.

Could your mask cover your frustration or feelings of anger?

Does your mask have a permanent smile stamped on the front? Despite how you really feel, you let everyone know that you are smiling, or are pretending to?

Last week, my husband and I ran into the grocery store to pick up a few items. We were wearing face masks, as we were shopping, I smiled at someone that worked at the Kroger.  As I walked away I realized she couldn’t see me smile, so I went back and told her I was smiling and thank you. That mask covered my gratitude and the way I communicate without words.

Masks are pretty complex, not just the way they can be made, or the design or the material, rather the ramifications of wearing a mask.

If we want to be the best version of ourselves, we need to take our masks off and work on becoming real and authentic. We need to stop covering up who we really are and show off that smile.

What are you hiding under your mask?

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Cheryl Brackemyre
Hey local mommas! I grew up in Centerville, but I now live in Wilmington with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his sweet fiance, Lauren and Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+???? My husband and I are both ministers , he is a youth minister and I'm a children's minister and we get to work at the same church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language, I just finished binge watching The Crown and feel a bit fancy now. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand. I love being part of the team at Dayton Mom Collective.


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