Great news! I officially need real reading glasses for the first time ever, which explains why my eyes have started hurting so bad when I spend the day working on the computer. So it is NOT little elves beating on my optic nerve with tiny hammers and chisels, as I thought.
Ready for something HILARIOUS? When I was 12 years old, I got my first pair of glasses to correct a stigmatism which the eye doctor described as “the problem is, she over focuses”. At which point everyone who knows me starts to laugh because, already at age 12, it was clear that “over focusing” was definitely my defining trait!!!! See, if only I had gotten the right kind of corrective lenses to fix the stigmatism, I would have finished my DDLJ recap ages ago instead of getting bogged down on 2,000 words to discuss the color of someone’s shirt.
Anyway, I have the stigmatism/personality trait issue, and then at 13 or so I got my first prescription for seeing bad far away (not even go try to figure out what the right term for that is. Because I over-focus, and every time I try to figure it out, I get bogged down by thinking about the history of language and what words mean the opposite of what they are supposed to mean and why we say “unfurled” but never “furled”). And every two years I get retested and my seeing bad far away is ever so slightly worse. But this time! For the first time! My seeing bad far away is basically the same, but I now officially have seeing bad close up too!!!
My first instinct is to consider the deeper life meaning of this, and the history of seeing bad close upness, and the metaphor it might mean as we are forced into quarantine together with those closest to us, and so on and so forth. But I am going to fight my over-focus stigmatism, and instead see clearly to the surface meaning, which is “I get to pick out new frames!”
Which brings me to you!!!!! Of these frames, which do you like best for Margaret?
Pink Cat Eye
What do you think? Knowing I have blue eyes, blondish hair, bangs, and also my personality?
(I couldn’t resist over focusing. Did you know newborns are all far-sighted? Which means my sight has been getting worse as my nephew’s has been getting better. Is he stealing my sight? Also, there is a hot historical debate over whether glasses were first invented in Italy, China, or India. Naturally, India is very big on claiming it for themselves. What is the DEEPER MEANING here??? I should do more research!!!)