So, I have been wearing masks, but I have recently picked up two that get comments. Mom bought me one that looks like a black mask with a kitty nose and whiskers. (People really get a kick out of it when I goof up and put it on upside down!) But I have misplaced that one, to my extreme irritation... I will find,or get another one eventually, because it goes with a hoodie I wear. Black, with "I am a cat" printed on it, and pointy ears on the hood. Sigh.
The other one I picked up myself, and really mess people up when I wear it. I guess because my hair matches so well with it.
So, this is more or less what I look like when I go shopping. I've actually had people start and back up when they see me. (I think it's a funny reaction, how many lions do you see wearing a hat, coat, and jeans at your local supermarket?) However, one of the volunteers where I got my vaccine shot said I freaked her out, so... ?
The only concern I have is little ones. Twice I have had to avert disaster, one look and whimpers started. I have found, however, the strange cure for it. I put my hands under my chin like I am posing, and in the most sweet little innocent voice, I meow like a kitten. This just stops them cold, then confusion, then giggles. Except for one little girl. She registered lion/meow, then stomped her foot. "Uh UH! Grrr! Roarrr!" I then mewed again, and she shook her head at the the big dork lion...
The mask doesn't always have the desired effect, however. I was finishing up shopping, and an obviously harried Mom came by with 3 boisterous boys in her cart, having some sort of game/fight/noise with each other. She sees me, and says, "Boys, look at the lion! Look! A lion!" Seeing that these boys were not clicking, I meow loudly when I walk by, cracking up two adults rounding the aisle. Kids were clueless. I needed to leave, so I continued on. Nearly out of the store, I hear one of the boys pipe up, "Mom? What lion?"
Can't win 'em all, I guess.