(Italiano) L’esercito delle mascherine

They represent what is most needed in this period of “risky contacts” … or at least that’s what is believed. They are the masks, the undisputed protagonists of daily conversations. “You have it”, “how many do you have ?,” where did you get it? “. It’s a sort of” comfort good “; having it sends back that feeling of protection that – whether it’s true or not – is useful at least to the mind. In the pharmacy, they are in short supply or have already been finished for some time, and then there is an industry so that, in some way, they can be made. What is born tends to be as close as possible to those recommended, even if they do NOT REPLACE certified medical devices in any way.

Their use, therefore, is undoubtedly limited to contexts little more than “familiar” or at least “controlled”. They will not save lives – without any doubt – but they are used to safeguard a minimum in “forced” tours, made of work, expenses, or – worse still – they are used by those who would like to stay at home but that house does not have it or – even if they do – they are forced to go out for food. And it is also for this reason that the solidarity machine has started its engines; and this is why “the army of masks” has started! The seamstresses – by profession or passion – are many, beautiful, talented, young and old.

Caritas operators bring the fabric and the material they need, leave it in the elevators or in the baskets and with it throw a smile there so that it arrives on the floor together with the fabric. They return fairs from the balcony. And they have reason to be, they do a great job. In the following days we think of moving to pick up some simple masks, instead, we find ourselves in the hands of real masterpieces, the result of art and fantasy. Some embellish them with tinsel, others are engineered by replacing the elastic (lacking) with shoelaces. The result is amazing. They really are. And that’s why we love them.