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A Pre-Purim Mask

Yaffa Ganz

What is it about a costume that’s so intriguing? Why do people enjoy being someone they are not? Does it give them a sense of freedom? Of unlimited possibilities? Does it hold the promise of fulfillment?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Personally, I don’t need the help of a costume or a mask. As time goes on, my face seems to be taking on new forms and shapes on its very own. Whatever happened to the silky, rosy complexion of my youth? When did I ever use so many lotions and creams? In the winter, if my lips were chapped, a little smear of Vaseline was all I needed.Nowadays, smearing has become a major, time-consuming activity each night. Face cream, eye cream, neck cream, hand cream, foot cream, nail cream, body cream. Greased, glazed, and buttered up, I finally head for bed.I once looked for a single jar of general all-around cream, good for every contingency, but wherever I went, they insisted that different parts of the anatomy require different creamy concoctions and care. In one store, in addition to the regular collection of creams, the saleswoman also suggested a nightly eye mask. I narrowed my eyes and told her the only time I wear a mask is on Purim. She shrugged her shoulders and brought out two additional eye creams instead — one for the lids above the eyes and one for the bags underneath! At that point I put on my dark sunglasses and left. Enough is enough.


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