Yesterday, a gentleman walked into my office I’d never seen before. He was tall, middle aged, with a lovely smile that showed through his full beard. I stuck my hand out, introduced myself, and he responded in kind by laughing and saying, I know who you are. You’re my therapist.” I didn’t recognize him. This was the first time I’ve seen his face since we began working together over a year ago. The masks were gone and we paused a moment to see what we both looked like. It was a very bizarre feeling.
Recently, I hired a new receptionist. Conducting job interviews behind masks has been difficult over the past two years. Now that the mandates for masks have been lifted, it’s like we get to find out who the person “really” is. You don’t realize h