It’s a really weird experience to see the naked faces of the people I only saw in masks. The brain works in mysterious ways and imagines the part of the face it can’t see in a manner that has little to do with reality.
The janitor and I have become friendly but we’d never seen each other’s face. Today, we met outside and both went, “Oh. Good to meet you, finally.”
Another issue is that I don’t recognize even good friends in masks. My brain needs the entire picture to match it to a name. So I constantly end up in situations when I fail to notice or greet somebody I know and people get upset. I even got a text message from a colleague asking me if I’m upset with her because I keep ignoring her on campus.