My daughter got her first pair of glasses this weekend. She’s only seven, but everyone else in the family needs them so I wanted to be safe and get her checked. The official verdict is that she is slightly farsighted. She doesn’t need glasses, but they couldn’t hurt.
We discussed it and she said that she was OK without them, and then she saw all the pretty pink frames in the kids’ section. All of the sudden, the tune changed to, “Mommy, I really think I need glasses.” Her brother was still in the doctor’s office getting his eyes checked, and the place was having a 2-for-1 deal on new glasses so I told her that if her brother needed new ones, she could get some too. Sure enough, Big Brother needed a pair, so MiniB got a brand new accessory.
So far, she is taking great care of them, because she thinks they are the prettiest, most exciting thing ever and she doesn’t want them to get scratched. I kind of understand her point. I was terribly excited when I got my first pair at twelve years old. I never saw them as a PITA, they were a new outlet for my love of accessorizing. I have never understood the people who save their pennies or count the days till they can get contacts or Lasik. This may be because my eyes have never been terribly bad. In most situations glasses are optional, so I am not tied to them like other people with worse vision.
So what about you? Do you wear glasses? Do you love them or hate them with a fiery passion? If you don’t wear them, did you ever wish you could?