This post by Jennifer Flaten
I’ve worn glasses my entire life. Well, actually since 4th grade, but it feels like my whole life. There was a brief time BC (before children) when I wore contacts. Then I had children, children with small grubby fingers that they wanted to poke into my eyeballs—repeatedly.
Back to glasses it was. Besides, if you need to get up in the middle of the night to take of a screaming kid, you don’t want to spend 20mins putting your contacts in.
I remember getting my first pair of glasses, nothing about glasses in the 80s was cool. It wasn’t cool to wear them and there certainly weren’t any cool styles. At that time children’s glass had two choices, ugly and hideous. I reluctantly chose ugly.
To make matters worse, my best friend accused me of “copying” her, by getting glasses. True, she did get her glasses first, but certainly isn’t something I was eager to copy. Nope, not a fashion statement, just astigmatism.
At this year’s eye doctor appointment, I had a suspicion confirmed, I need bifocals. Sigh. It seems unfair that after a lifetime of bad eyesight (I can’t see two feet in front of me without my glasses), it would get even WORSE. Yes, I did harbor the childish hope that I would NEVER EVER need bi-focals. It’s not that they make me feel old, although my mother cheerfully informed me that they did in fact, make me old. Ah, well at least I got a trendy pair.
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