If you’ve bought a fabric face mask or received one for “free”, here’s what you should know. It may have been chosen for a quilt that was never made, or perhaps it’s remnants of a homemade Easter dress. It could have been passed from owner to owner or even bought with express intent to make a cool mask. Either way, the sewist assessed its “mask worthiness” and thought it’d be perfect. The sewist who made it, is tired. She’s been sewing for days; she tires of the monotony. She’s pricked her fingers with pins and sliced her knuckles with rotary cutters. Yet she continues to make masks...for you. It was worth every penny. Whether you bought it for $5 or $15, you paid fair market value for someone’s materials, time and talent. If you received it for free, it has already been paid for with the maker’s charity and hope. The sewist made it to help you, but it’s helping her too. She’s decided the best way to work through this situation is to help those who protect all of us. The maker is being flooded with requests. People who haven’t spoken to her in years are calling to chat and “ask for a mask”. She’s being offered money to make more than she can handle; sometimes it’s enough, sometimes it’s not. If she’s got too many to make, she won’t turn you down because she really wants to help you. It will make her smile when she sees you wearing it. She’ll remember the fabric, the batch; she may even tell you it was one of her favorites. She’ll smile knowing that she did this small little thing that’s helping you in such a big way. She’ll smile knowing that in the most difficult of times. She has a skill that so many will value. It should give you hope for a better world. In a situation where members of our community are struggling, others have risen up, offered their time and talents to provide what they can. It means there’s hope for humanity supporting one another and that people truly do care for one another.