"Looking Glasses"

"Looking  Glasses"
Looking Glasses!  That's right I'm here to blog today about looking through glasses, otherwise know as specs, spectacles, glasses, frames......

My journey started at a very early age with my "looking glasses".  Before the age of 6 I was quite the clumsy one per my mother.  She thought I was just uncoordinated.  I was always knocking things over and bumping my shoulders on doorways as I passed through.   I tripped, fell and generally was unbalanced.  She enrolled me into ballet lessons and thought that might help.  

Then elementary school happened.  In the 1970's they did vision screenings.  After a vision screening they sent home with "A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE" for my parents pinned to my shirt.  The note said, your child failed the vision screening, please get her eyes professionally examined, IMMEDIATELY.  It turns out I was not seeing well AT ALL.  I had a nearsighted eye, and one farsighted eye,and both had a astigmatism.  I remember the day I got my first pair of glasses like it was yesterday!  I recall walking out of the office holding onto my mom's hand for stability.  It's like my eyes were closed, and now I could open them wide and relearn how everything looked!  It was exciting, but scary too.  I remember that I was looking down at the ground and all the details of the sidewalk, jumped right up to my eyes.  Then, looking up at some trees, I could not believe the details of the green leaves and the bark on the trunk!  

I was SO amazed by how colorful everything was, and how beautiful things now looked to me!  I still come to appreciate colors and perhaps that shaped how I "look at things"?!  Over time, my vision improved and when I was a teenager I no longer need to wear glasses everyday, only to drive with.  As I have gotten older my eyes have begun a reversal.  I now wear trifocals.  It can be very complicated for me to wear glasses these days.  I have prescription reading glasses, sunglasses, and glasses I wear every day, ALL day.  

I always wanted to be able to wear contacts.  I gave it a good try but due to my near and farsightedness along with my astigmatism in both eyes, it just isn't possible.  When my children were young, I always wondered if they would have the need for glasses as well.  I was always was mindful about it, and even a bit worried.  My daughter does wear glasses now, but only single vision, and my son has never needed them!  My husband has the good eye genes, so perhaps that helped out with the kids!  I love getting new frames, something I've always enjoyed doing together with my daughter.  

How are you seeing life?!  Do you wear glasses?