Good parents are often equated to superheroes. Selfless, brave, ready to give up anything to protect their kids against any threats. In the time of coronavirus, the biggest threat to anyone is other people, which means simply staying at home (and making sure your kids do, too) pretty much skyrockets you to superhero status.
But for one mom who had to figure out how to run errands for her family while staying properly geared up, that title of superhero took on a whole new meaning.
Kelly Hogan Painter needed to go to the grocery store after the coronavirus outbreak hit, but she didn’t have any masks or bandanas she could use to cover her face. Instead, the only thing she could find to put a barrier between her and other shoppers was a Buzz Lightyear helmet.
The mother of three said that she and her husband argued over her leaving the house without a mask — he didn’t want her to go without one, but she had to get food for the kids. This, somehow, was the compromise undoubtedly nobody saw coming.
“Honestly, it was put a plastic bag over my head or wear the helmet,” she said. “We don’t have masks in our house. Who keeps masks in their house?”
Rather than eventually get a mask, Hogan Painter has continued on with the helmet.
It gets cleaned regularly and stays stored safely away in her car for all her errands.
The outfit has provided plenty of entertainment for people who encounter her.
“They might be laughing at me, or they might be laughing with me,” Hogan Painter said. “I really don’t care either way, as long as they’re laughing.”
And now the laughter has spread to social media as well.
We’ve all seen plenty of bizarre makeshift forms of face coverings at this point — even some full body ones — but somehow every innovative contribution to our mental database of plague outfits still brings with it its own joy.
Always wear a mask or something similar if you can, but if you’re in a pinch, creativity always finds a way…to the grocery store, and beyond!