A Tale of Two Masks
My two year old daughter gets some kiddie books in the mail
every few weeks. One of the books showed the two characters making masks
with one of the masks hovering over them. She immediately focused on that
mask (you can see them here), so I told her that the "kid animals"
were making masks and we could make one. She was quite upset by that suggestion.
Her interest in pointing out the mask were purely based on a dislike for them.
I had to turn the book over … but then she found another one on that side
So, I got this great idea, the next morning, I made a mask, but with a
silly face on it-- even cut out a couple of holes for eyes, and she loved
it. Now, she points to the masks on her book, but with a smile on her face.
Masks have always represented our "inner fears" and since fears seem to get
larger and more pronounced when they hide inside of us, masks have a way of
bringing that fear out in the open … where we can face them directly. The
goal is that once you face the fear, you can see it for what it is, and not
When I got my first apartment, I thought some masks would make it a bit
more homey, so with more creativity than money, I made one. It tried to
look like the cover of one of my books, but as I was putting the hair on, I
stopped half-way through…
I had placed a strand of hair on its chin, and one on either side of the
head, but as I looked at it, I realized that I should just leave it this
way, as it represented my fear of baldness.
Now, it isn't that I have this great fear of hair-loss, but my "high
hairline" was always an object when the subject of male pattern baldness
came up. It has been many years since that time, but this mask has always
adorned my dens (in fact, it is hovering on the far wall right now), and
perhaps its presence has always given me a little less attachment to my
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