the better to see you with

Author: angiem, 04 03rd, 2013

Yesterday I took my daughter in for her yearly check-up. As she had her vision tested I remembered when I had mine at her age, but not because it was mandatory, but because I was a naughty little girl. Two of my closest friends in my first grade class were wearing glasses. I wanted to be just like them. I wanted glasses too. My friends said that they had headaches from all the squinting they had done. They said their eyes hurt. They said their eyes turned red.

I went home and cried to my dad that my head was killing me, and that my eyes hurt so terribly, I was afraid they’d fall out of the eye sockets. I rubbed and rubbed at them, and my eyes became red and inflamed from all the rubbing I did. I walked around the house squinting and rubbing at my eyes. My parents were worried. Bad eyesight was a common occurrence in my dad’s family. Three of the seven siblings were wearing bifocals.

So my dad took me to see the eye doctor.

The doctor’s sitting room was filled with kids who, no doubt, had the same idea I did. There they all were in their blue and white school uniforms rubbing at their eyes and squinting. And there were the parents slapping the kids hands away from their eyes, looking worried.

I was sure I would come home with a pair of glasses. I was sure I could fool the doctor just as I had fooled my parents. I was sure that all I had to do was just squint and rub at my eyes. No one told me I had to make mistakes reading the eye chart. I was a first grader and proud to be reading already. I wanted the doctor to see how smart I was, and what a good reader I was, and that I was sure to receive a certificate from my teacher claiming that I was the smartest little girl in all of the first grade.

The doctor was impressed. Not with my reading as much as with my vision. My vision was perfect, he said. And (almost) perfect it remains to this day.

My daughter is happy she doesn’t need glasses. They’d only get in the way of soccer and ballet, she says. Sunglasses, on the other hand, she can’t have enough.

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14 Responses to “the better to see you with”

  1. Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita Says:

    Cute! And glad to see you blogging again!

  2. Ava Says:

    Angie!!! Where have you disappeared to? It’s like you fell off the face of the earth! Missed your posts! Please don’t do this again!
    Your daughter is such a cutie in that pic!

  3. angiem Says:

    Thank you, ladies. Been a little too busy with the everyday, I suppose. I certainly had no intention to be gone so long. It’s nice to be missed though. ;)

  4. Gina Says:

    Lol. I went through a glass phase when I was in 3rd grade but it never occurred to me to trick my parents into getting me glasses.

  5. Francesca Says:

    Hello Angie! I have a similar story, except that it turned out that i actually did need glasses, and to this day, I do! did they take me to the wrong eye doctor? :)

  6. pamela Says:

    Adorable!
    And I cannot believe how grown up your little girl is now! Like her, I am devoted to sunglasses! xoxo, p

  7. Jena Says:

    That’s hilarious. As someone who wore glasses from the age of 4 I did the opposite by trying to convince my parents that I didn’t need them. Lol! :D

  8. Theresa Says:

    Lucky girl to have perfect eyesight :)

  9. Susan Deborah Says:

    Happy to see you, Angie. What a naughty girl you had been. Bless your vision - after all one needs it the most these days with all the sitting in front of computer!

    Hope you little one’s vision is as fine as yours.

    Big hugs and lots of love.

    Joy always,
    Susan

  10. Christie Says:

    Your story is so cute. I’ve worn glasses since 6th grade. I didn’t even realize that others could see things that I couldn’t until I put on my first pair of glasses…leaves! On tress! I could see them!
    Thank goodness for contacts so that I can wear my sunglasses.
    You and your daughter are blessed with good vision. :)
    Now, don’t even get me started about braces…8 years!

  11. Susu Paris Chic Says:

    I hate glasses. A long story. So sweet to have had you for a visit. It had been a long time, but our connection just remains thru the test of times.

  12. Victoria Says:

    Good to see you here again. Funny story. I always had excellent eyesight, much to my disappointment as I always wanted to wear glasses. When my mum or sister went for the eyesight check-ups I would be trying on every shape and size glasses to find my perfect style. Now that there’s a possibility I may need glasses in the not too distance future, I’m really not so sure!!!

  13. audrey Says:

    O i love this story! Sooo cute!

    & so glad your beautiful daughter is doing well. I like so much that she’s into her soccer and ballet and doesn’t want anything to get in the way.

    and she shows us how to keep calm and be cool… nice sunglasses!

  14. Relyn Says:

    My own little one has been in glasses for nearly four years. She would say your daughter is exactly right. That’s why she’s begging for contacts.

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