Friday, May 14, 2010

a big change

A couple of weeks ago we got an email from Abbott's teacher letting us know he told her the board is 'blurry'. I was surprised and not surprised not to hear it directly from him; sometimes it's like pulling teeth finding out about goings on at school. I felt badly about not somehow noticing he couldn't see very well. Anyway, he saw an optometrist last Friday and indeed needs glasses. It feels like a bit of a loss to me - I won't be able to see his face in the same way most of the time, ever again.

I remember well my first pair of glasses. I was eleven. The frame choices were slim, and I ended up with a blue plastic pair that I hated. It was a love-hate relationship: on the one hand I could see; on the other hand I was self-conscious about my appearance. I remember the dramatic car ride home from the optometrist's office: the leaves on the trees had such definition! By the time I reached middle school I took them off (a different pair, but I didn't like them any better) as I walked down the hallways at school, inadvertently snubbing people as I couldn't see them to say 'hello'.

Happily Abbott is taking it all in stride; perhaps because two of his classmates already have glasses. Mostly he's impressed by how well he can see.

19 comments:

Purple Flowers said...

He's still cute as ever. I like the color green on him. What a good kid - smiling away!

Sammi said...

Bless his heart, at least he looks happy, and the choices are better nowadays x

Valerie said...

i can relate to all of this !
as for me, i wear lenses only to drive but when L. had to wear glasses at the age of 8 i was sad not to be able to see her sweet face the same way (and never got used to it !) but she didn't mind and got used to it very quickly, very happy to perfectly see,as Abbot probably will.
and btw the way these frames look great on him !!

Anabel Fournier said...

He is sooo cute! He'll get use to them. I have worn glasses since I can remember and now feel naked without them :-)

Mel said...

he looks very handsome! great choice of specs

KPiep said...

He's going to be as handsome as can be no matter what!

I remember a great sense of relief with my first glasses...and oddly enough I miss my red plastic frames. I remember them fitting a whole lot better than any of the fashionable frames I've had since! (Of course, we will not discuss the fact that my extreme laziness has left me with a pair of glasses being held together by an old earring and a prayer....)

Paige said...

He looks so darn handsome in his new glasses - that is a big change for sure. Like you, I got glasses when I was 11, and hated them. They made me feel so self-conscious and awkward...not like I wasn't already feeling that way to begin with!

Barbara said...

Lucky there were some kids already wearing them! That, combined with the fact that now he can SEE, certainly eased the way, didn't it?
He's a handsome boy, Lecia.
Never did understand why my sons didn't mention things that were worrying them. My daughter, on the other hand, told me everything.

Lyndsay said...

So handsome! I remember the board going blurry in fourth grade. I kept walking up to "sharpen my pencil" or "get a kleenex" so I could look at the words on the board that we were supposed to be copying down. Then I rushed home and told my mom I suddenly couldn't see. Abbot looks really happy in his new specs! Very smart. :)

Francesca said...

You took some great photos of this momentous afternoon, and Abbott chose very nice glasses.
My boys are also not terribly eloquent about their goings on, but are definitely improving with age!

Char said...

i can remember my sister talking about noticing leaves for the first time.

he looks adorable

miriam said...

Abbott looks so happy and confident!
I bet that he notices a marked improvement in his puck tracking abilities!
The glasses are very becoming and smart!
Miriam

Ina in Alaska said...

Success! Love the glasses! I used to wear glasses in school too. I even had to have my left lens made "cloudy" in order to train my right eye to see better. Never happened. I mostly use my left eye to see. Now I don't need glasses at all due to Lasik. One of the best things I ever did! xoxo

heidi said...

He looks so handsome! My boy has been wearing glasses since he was 1yr old. I highly recommend the rubber-curly backs that grip on the ear.

Frau said...

Handsome young man!

jenny said...

What a sweet boy! I love the new look. I have never worn glasses but secretly have always wanted to. They are such a great show of self expression! At least when you have more to choose from than blue plastic frames :)

Tirzah said...

Lecia, I feel the same way about Jack's glasses. I'm so happy that he can see and draw clearly, but I do miss the way his little nose looked without glasses sitting on top of it. I'm curious to see how
Abbott's glasses hold up; Jack is on his fifth pair, and he doesn't even play sports.

Heidi- where did you get the rubber glasses? I cannot for the life me of find a good boy-proof pair.

Nicola (Which Name?) said...

What a cutie!
Nicola

sean said...

what a handsome boy!!!