When I was in elementary school, I had a really good friend named Andra.
We did everything the same.
We dressed the same.
We picked out the same books on our Scholastic Book orders.
We asked our mothers to pack us the same lunches.
We even got chicken pox at the same time.
Then, Andra got glasses.
She looked so cool in her cute cat-eye frames.
I soooo wanted to look like Andra in her cute cat-eye glasses.
I told my parents that I couldn’t see the blackboard.
That bought me a ticket to the ophthalmologist.
He tested my eyes.
As it turned out, I saw better than 20/20.
He told me that I probably wouldn’t need glasses for years.
I think I kind of wanted to stick my tongue out at him.
But I didn’t.
Eyeglasses always seemed like such a cool fashion accessory.
So anytime there was an opportunity to dress-up, I would wear pretend glasses.
You know, the kind without lenses.
Then I turned 40.
And suddenly, one day, I was looking at a menu in a restaurant and I couldn’t read anything on my menu.
All the words looked really blurry.
I was all: “What the deuce?”
I asked my husband if we could trade menus because — obviously — mine had been printed badly.
And then I saw that his menu had been printed badly, too.
And I was all: “How can you even read this?”
My husband looked at me knowingly.
The next thing I knew I had a prescription for real life reading glasses.
I was all: “Whoo hoo!”
And then I started my search for the perfect eye-wear.
Who knew it would be so hard?
There were so many choices.
And a lot of stuff was just plain ugly.
Which made me feel ugly.
Which bummed me out.
Friends suggested I find a pair of glasses that I really love, so I didn’t feel as though I’d lost my mojo.
So I started collecting glasses.
And I’ve accumulated quite a collection.
But none were quite right.
Recently, I saw this cute pair of gray cat-eye frames, and I thought of my old friend.
I wonder what kind of glasses Andra’s wearing nowadays.
Because I’m thinking I have to get these in black.
Do you wear glasses? How do you feel about them?
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