Realizing I needed glasses

When i was little i never really knew that there was anything wrong with my eyesight. I always sat right up in front of the tv…. Because it looked so much better up close. I never understood why everyone else sat so far away from the television when it was obviously nicer where I was. (suckers.) and yeah… I just assumed every face was a little blurry from a distance. You had to stand close to see features.

I vividly remember the day I realized I needed glasses. I was in 3rd grade. The teacher asked me to read out loud what was on the board…. I looked up and thought, “that actually says something?” So, feeling the pressure I just tried my best: “Watermelon, on the blanket goes up.” I said something similar to that. Not English. I was a very good reader… And, my teacher knew this. So, she moved on to someone else and asked them to read instead. I’m guessing she called my mom and was like, “Dude, your daughter be flippin crazy with her eyes and all that yo!” or something along those lines… I found myself at the eye doctor a week later…. And, shortly after that…. With the BEST GLASSES EVER! (see below for the amazing example… I picked them out myself. Why so big?)

So, here I am today…. Still blind as all get up. But, luckily my eyesight has barely worsened since the day I got my glasses. My husband even wears glasses. I bet you Ruari is destined to wear glasses some day.

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  • analee on said:

    my husband and i have perfect vision. our son did horrible on his vision screening at 3, and again at 4 (justified it that he didn't know the symbols…). not knowing the signs of not being able to see, it took him doing some funky eye trick to get my attention that he needed to go to the eye doctor. he is also a horrible writer, way behind in that skill, also didn't crawl or walk until late – way behind on gross motor which could also be because of his vision… so at 4 years and 2 months, we learn that he is really far sighted. like, +10 and +9.5. he's got 2 pairs of glasses now (one for emergencies) and he is a new child. he walked around for 2 days staring at his feet when he got them – and hasn't wanted to take them off since! i still don't understand how his eyes are so bad but i suppose that's just the way it is. i highly advise taking rauri to the eye doctor annually to keep abreast of her eye condition! best to catch it before she can't read the board.

  • Kimberly on said:

    You were just being incredibly fashion forward 😉

  • janda97 on said:

    I was 10 when I got my first pair. Hugh Jass pink plastic frames. 😉 It was the 80's after all.

  • Emily S. on said:

    I remember when I needed glasses, too. I was in high school and when I looked at the board I asked, "People can read that?" Then my friend handed me her glasses to use…and I could SEE!! From then on I needed glasses but my eyesight hasn't progressed any worse since then.

  • Helene Mahnken on said:

    Both my parents and my older brother need glasses (pretty desperately, might I add) but I ended up with perfect vision, so your sweet little girl might not be destined for blindness! 🙂

  • candice on said:

    Me and my hubby wear glasses too! Only the cool kids wear them! 🙂

  • Bonnie on said:

    I had the same huge glasses too – but in pink! With pink tint because I always take things too far. The late 80’s/early 90’s was not a beautiful time.

    And yes.. getting glasses in 4th grade was like entering a whole new world.

  • Jenny on said:

    I was sent to the school counselor in first grade because I kept bursting into tears every time we did board work. Luckily the counselor was like "uuuuum, I don't think she can see" and so I got glasses. I had no idea what the problem was, just that I felt super frustrated when I had to read anything off the board.

  • Laura on said:

    I picked out practically the same exact pair when I got glasses in the third grade, although I opted to also get a "fancy" gold chain by which to hang them. Nothing says styling like some granny glasses in the third grade! 😀

  • Shoni on said:

    Dude….we have the exact same story. I also realized I needed glasses in the 3rd grade. I remember telling my mom after I got them that I never knew it was possible to see things across the street. And my glasses looked just like yours. Trippy!

  • Emily @ Peck Life on said:

    Josh has had glasses since he was 2! It's pretty cute to look back at his baby pictures. I got mine in 7th grade and my eyes have gotten worse over the years….I'm soooooo blind without my contacts/glasses. I can't even see the alarm clock right next to my bed. :

  • Mallorie Owens on said:

    I was exactly the same way! Somehow I squeaked by until 5th grade until we had daily sentences on the board that we had to correct. I got terrible grades on them, but my teacher knew I had no problem with grammar. It's so crazy though when you get your first pair and you're blown away by all the stuff you've been missing…like blades of grass, leaves on the trees, and faces from far away!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Yes. I remember being blown away with all I could see.

  • budo on said:

    LOVE this post! You funny! I don´t wear glasses, but my son didn´t quite know what mamita really looked like till he was 5, so, somehow, I can relate… AND he is the funkiest little dude thanks to them! Love the way you share…. u made me laugh… gracias!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      It changes everything! You don't know what the world is supposed to actually look like… Until you see.

  • kristin on said:

    oh how i love your stories! i can just imagine a teacher saying that to a parent! 🙂 great picture! glasses rule, except when you are a grown adult and only kids sizes fit and you wear ones with big sparkly butterflies on them…they rock! 🙂 have a good day!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      Sparkly butterflies! I definitely would have picked those out when I was little.

  • theurbancowgirl on said:

    My first pair of glasses was also HUGE. WHY?! I've banned any and all pictures from ages 12-14 because of my hideous glasses selection!

  • Andrea on said:

    I have a similar story but it took me until I was 11 for my parents to take me to see an eye dr! I pray for the day I win the lotto and can get some Lasik!

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I sort of want LASIK…. But, the cutting on the eye part freaks me out.

  • Mallory on said:

    -+I started wearing glasses when I was 15 and I remember the first day I went to school wearing them (actually at school I wore my bright blue or green colored contacts-yikes) and it seemed like an alternate universe. All the colors were brighter and everything was sharper- it was awesome. My daughter has been wearing glasses since she was 16 months old so obviously we have the bad eye gene in there somewhere

    • The Paper Mama on said:

      I keep watching R to catch any signs of bad eyes…. But, so far nothing. She sees stuff so far away that I don't even notice. Maybe she will be like my sis and bro. No glasses there. 🙂

  • Kara on said:

    Hahah I love those glasses!! Too funny!

  • Nicole on said:

    I remember buying that dress! We are all so cute.

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