I have worn eyeglasses since second grade. I remember sitting in the front row of the classroom and squinting because I couldn’t see the blackboard. I assume the teacher told my parents about my troubles and that was the beginning of a lifetime accessory.
Being near-sighted, especially in the right eye, has its challenges. I can read without glasses, but take them off and I can’t see the color of a friend’s eyes when a few feet away. When attending yoga class pre-pandemic, where the glasses came off due to sweating, acquaintances in attendance would go unnoticed if their mat was not next to mine.
Until the 1980’s, when polycarbonate and thin, lightweight lenses became available, I struggled with wearing glasses. Because of the prescription and a coke-bottle lens on the right side, they either slid down my nose or caused soreness to an ear. It was a constant war to get the glasses adjusted so my face could be comfortable, at least for a few hours.
Thin lenses were a Godsend. Really. Once they came into existence, I stopped feeling the pain and could focus on being fashion conscious.
Or maybe not. Those glasses from the late 80’s were either in style or I was trying to cover my entire face with them. Not sure, but thankfully I can look back at this photo and laugh.
Once the age of forty-something passed, I wore my first pair of bifocals. So many people told me horror stories of having to acclimate to bifocals by tripping up the stairs, tripping down the stairs, or feeling dizzy. That never happened to me. Rather, the issue was (and still is at times) holding the book or magazine or whatever I’m reading in the right spot below my chin so that all of the letters are clear. Sometimes I take the glasses off to read when a smart-aleck publisher uses the smallest print or worst font available for people with less-than-perfect eyesight.
These days, the eyeglasses above keep me going – both on the computer and with reading and TV watching and the colors inside provide a little flair. I find that I need brightness to read and will use a booklight, even during the day, if the light level is too low for the eyes. (It must be age.)
I have a friend who doesn’t wear glasses and can read from the teeniest Bible I’ve ever seen. I’m a bit jealous. I always thought it would be nice to wear a regular non-prescription pair of sunglasses rather than paying the price for a prescription pair or buying the cheap clip-ons (which is the current option). It would be great to have the vision my friend does without the added expense of a lifetime accessory or a large-print Bible, but that’s not how it will be. Ever.
So, my eyes don’t have “it” and never will, but the blessing that I can see – the TV, Gibbs the cat, the trees, flowers, my friends and family, the food in front of me – is enough. As long as my vision is willing and able with eyeglasses, I’m good to go.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is the brainchild of author Linda G. Hill. Every Friday, Linda provides her followers with an inspiring blogger’s prompt. It can be a word or words and sometimes bonus points are involved (my favorite). Linda asks us to write without editing, other than correcting spelling errors.
Just go with the flow.
Like a babbling brook or rain drops. Click HERE if this type of writing floats your boat or helps with your decision-making. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “to your left.” When you sit down to write your post, look to your left. What is the thing closest to you? Write about the memories that thing induces. Enjoy!