Labor Day has come and gone as well as Sept. 22, the first day of autumn. As we lurch toward the end of a very stormy year, weather-wise, politically and virus-wise it sometimes seems we’ll never make it through 2020.

The time has come to put away your sandals and white apparel and get out sweaters, ear muffs and snow shoes. Oh wait; this is Florida where the social dress code is dictated more by games played—golf, tennis, football, baseball—than weather. There is no peak “colored leaf” season in Florida, just a peak hurricane season that has no dress code.

As author Alfred Wainwright said: “There’s no such thing as bad weather only unsuitable clothing.”

Since social interaction is discouraged due to the Coronavirus, the masks people wear determine the fashion statement of the day. Now one must have multiple masks in a variety of colors and patterns or with humorous pictures or perhaps political statements. It’s a double sided issue. On the down side, masks fog up glasses and make it hard to breathe, but on the plus side they hide wrinkles and sagging chins. They disguise faintly familiar faces in the grocery store, but that gives me an excuse for not remembering names.

Roads were crowded over Labor Day weekend as folks flocked to the beaches where facial masks aren’t mandatory. Although virtual events have become the “in” method of mixing and fundraising, some organizations have come up with open air benefits.

*The Final Word…The countdown to the holidays has begun with 91 days until Christmas, 62 days until Thanksgiving and 35 days until peak mask-wearing season Halloween.

To wear a mask or not to wear a mask is sometimes a source of contention. I recently read that those who work at home on a laptop or PC should wear gloves and a face mask, so they don’t catch a computer virus.

I have three masks in my overloaded purse, two plain and one that matches my spouse the Binmeister’s patriotic stars-and-stripes mask kept in his ball cap. I frantically fumble searching for a face covering while he quickly whips his out. Tipping his hat to retrieve the mask as he enters the grocery store is often perceived as an oh-so gentlemanly gesture. What a guy!