Gratitude, Virginia Pillars

Gratitude – November 3


Yup, I wear glasses. Over the past 55 years, a pair of something similar to the photo has rested on my face. When I look back at old photos, I can tell the style of frames for the time period. I laugh at some of the ones I wore. One especially reminded me of a fly – huge eyes for the rest of my head. But hey, that WAS the style.

I’m grateful to have a pair to wear every day. They are the first thing I grab in the morning, and the last thing I touch at night, if I take them off before I fall asleep.  Many nights I wake up and I still have them on. They’ve become part of me and I can’t imagine life without them. I couldn’t do the things I love to do if I didn’t wear glasses. The world would be a big blur of shapes and colors.

Once I investigated the possibility of contact lenses. At the time, the industry didn’t make a lens suitable to correct my vision issues. The eye doctor used his magic machine to show me  how the world would look to me with contacts. When he finished, he asked my opinion. I replied, “I might be vain, but I’m not stupid,” and laughed. I didn’t think about it again.

I would wager the lens exists now, but I reached the age of bifocals long ago.  And, I’m so used to my life-long “fashion statement,” I can’t imagine life any other way.

I’m grateful to use them to read, type, watch TV or a movie, thread a needle, enjoy a landscape,see a friend in the distance, or many of the countless things I see every day. I’m grateful for my glasses and the gift of vision. I know not everyone in this world gets to see the world the way I do.

Four eyes sounds like a compliment to me. Always has. What makes you smile today?

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