18 November 2008

First Glasses

I started wearing glasses when I was five, because I had amblyopia. The amblyopia - lazy eye - was treated with patches and exercises and bifocals. Imagine, bifocals on a five year old. My peers always thought my glasses were broken.

My mother has always been anti-frou frou, anti-pink, anti-rhinestones. She dressed her two girls in blue (and her boy child as well). When it came time to go get my first pair of glasses, she took me to the optician in the moderne building in the next town, where they pulled out a tray of child-sized frames. It was divided in half - rhinestone-bedecked pastel cat eyes on one side, sober-looking tortoise shell on the other. My mother picked out a pair of tortoise shell frames and proceeded to get into an argument with the optician. He insisted that "those are for boys, she can't wear those" and tried to force her to buy a pale blue number. My mother won - after all, she was paying for them.

I ended up wearing those glasses for four years - they appear in the class photos for third grade, but not fourth.

Not long ago, I found a loose photo floating around at my mother's house. In it, I'm nearly seven, my brother was four, and my sister was about a year & a half. And I'm wearing those glasses.

These days, I still wear glasses, but I've got a cunning rimless pair that disappear on my face. Over the weekend, I went to the optometrist because I felt like I couldn't see anymore. What did she recommend? Bifocals. I feel like I'm in kindergarten again.

36 comments:

alejna said...

I like your mother.

And that is such a cute photo.

FreshHell said...

Oh, your mother is AWESOME! That is such a great photo. Is that your sister laughing? Red laughs like that - just full out guffaws. I particularly love her saggy tights. They are either too big or too small always, aren't they?

I have an eye appointment tomorrow and am hoping to avoid the bifocal discussion for another year.

susan said...

Your mother indeed rocks.

I have ended up liking my bifocals immensely.

Vodka Mom said...

red rover, red rover, send Magpie right over .

You'll fit right in. (and don't worry, our motto is- we don't say "you can't play."

:-)

PicaboMama said...

I secretly wished for glasses as a child. I thought they were a terrific accessory. That's great picture.

Marmite Breath said...

I think that's the cutest picture ever, Magpie!

Sober Briquette said...

I'm casting my vote for the rhinestones, though today we have nearly the same glasses. I went with titanium frames because they are so flexible. My ears are seriously misaligned and one always hurts with a pair of glasses that has hinges.

I'm finding that it's always "too dark" and that I'm holding things at arm's length. Another reason to spend less time in front of the computer...

Rockzee said...

I love this photo, too. You are adorable and your sister looks hilarious. I so want to know what she's laughing at. Although, my daughter can toss her head back like that and laugh at nothing at all.

Aunt Becky said...

My mother tried to be anti-pink and anti-sparkle but it didn't work so well.

emma said...

I'm with you on the rimless - they rock. And if you're about to buy a new pair, I just got mine for $20 over at zennioptical.com. No, I don't work for them. It's just I want my fellow glasses wearers to stop paying $400 too.

womaninawindow said...

That picture rocks. Your sister's head thrown back, pure madness!

leopardspots said...

Love the photo! My oldest wears glasses, she's five almost six and had them since she was two. I let her pick out her glasses now, always a pair of retro red ones. Never "girly" in appearance. I love that about her!

Mental P Mama said...

That picture is priceless. And bifocals rock;) So do hot flashes.

Ree said...

I like them! My very favorite frames won't fit my bifocal lenses. I'm thinking of getting them re-done.

Mad said...

High FIVE! I just found out I need bifocals too.

Miss M has been patching and stuff all year and so far has avoided glasses. Now her hearing is on the fritz. I wish I knew what was going on.

Me, You, or Ellie said...

I'm stuck on the hilarity of the baby. (Hey, I was always invisible to my younger, adorable, cracking-up sisters). Awesome moment captured.

Ellie

the mama bird diaries said...

you look so damn cute in that photo!!

kathy a. said...

great story, and great photo!

you need not worry about the bifocals. the progressive lenses are fabulous -- no line between the closeup and faraway portions, and you will wonder how you did without them.

wheelsonthebus said...

but she did put you in dresses

nonlineargirl said...

I also got glasses at five, because my eyes were crap. (I would have gotten them earlier but I was squirelly and the doc decided it could wait a year.)

That is a fantastic picture. You were cute, so the glasses looked sweet.

Awesome Mom said...

One of my sisters has a lazy eye and I remember her going through the whole patching thing. She lucked out and has had great vision in her good eye.

My first pair of glasses was bifocals. The optometrist for some reason thought that I would not take my glasses off while reading (I guess he assumed that I was too young). I hated them as they were hard to get used to and I ended up taking them off for reading anyway. They were ugly glasses to boot.

Angeline said...

Awww... your glasses are CLASSIC!!! and boy! I'm so curious what made your little sis laughed! When I saw that picture, it just lifted my spirit!

jo(e) said...

Such a great photo!

I wear the progressive lenses -- bifocals without the line. They didn't take any time at all to get used to.

But I also have multi-focal contact lenses, which is what I prefer. I wear them most of the day, and the glasses just at night.

Beck said...

I love your laughing sister - and those were some glasses!

Anjali said...

I hope to be just like your mother!

What a priceless photo!

InTheFastLane said...

In some way, it makes you look very stylish. You were ahead of your time.

She She said...

I love that picture. You look like my sister (who wore glasses from a young age).

When I was 5, I asked for glasses, braces and brown hair for Christmas.

And isn't your new rimless pair made by the same person who made Sarah Palin's?

Magpie in 2012!

Don Mills Diva said...

There's something about little kids in glasses that just gets me right in the heart!

So stinkin' cute.

Mayberry said...

Now that's not typically what you hear about bifocals! Very cute.

Library Lady said...

My dad is a retired optometrist and one of my favorite things about a visit to his office was trying on the glasses!
He was always very particular about my glasses looking good and used to complain about his sister-in-law, who always picked the ugliest glasses he had> I seem to recall she had the rhinestones a lot :)

I had trouble last time I went for glasses because I like aviator shaped rimless ones, and all the glasses at the Kaiser eye center were the teeny tiny ones that are in vogue. My dad recommended, funnily enough, Costco, and sure enough, I found what I wanted there at a surprisingly good price. (Though it makes me crack up that they are "Sophia Loren" brand. The only glamor that will ever enter my life..)

I too need bifocals, but I'm holding off. I take off my glasses to thread needles and the like because my close vision is terrific. It's the distance vision that has sucked since I was about 7....

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It makes me feel old to say it, but I love my no-line bifocals. And I only felt like throwing up for a couple of days.

The picture is priceless.

Kyla said...

That photo is adorable!

Maggie May said...

that picture is so awesome. i'd blow it up and hang it.

liz said...

I've got a lazy eye too!!!

SISTAH!!!

i am very mary said...

I WORE BIFOCALS IN KINDERGARTEN!

Julie McCoy said...

i had lazy eye too. weird. and i just recently learned that my paternal uncle and grandmother had it too. small world. is there any way we can fly you out for the baby shower in january? it won't be the same without you......