June 10, 2012

Sharing Memories (Week 24): Plaid Glasses & a Sandbox Hiding Place

Welcome to Week 24 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey for 2012. This is our third year writing our memoirs and childhood memories for our descendants.

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My sister told me she remembers the funky glasses I used to choose. I don't really remember as I was quite young when I had to start wearing glasses for a lazy eye and astigmatism. I do recall going to Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto for my appointments with a specialist once a year, and then going out to pick my new glasses.

With the drops they gave me I couldn't even tell what I was choosing so I went for colour. The brighter and bolder the better! My sister said the pair she remembers best was a plaid pair! I kind of remember them. I think I was about 8 or 9 when I picked them. Apparently my mother said that if I had to wear glasses so young I was darn well going to be allowed to pick whatever I wanted.

But one thing my sister didn't remember is that I used to hide my glasses in my sandbox when I was really little. Then I'd come inside and tell my mom and dad that I lost them. I guess I thought I wouldn't have to wear them anymore if I misplaced them. But of course they simply replaced them with a new pair every time.

My mom told me that when I'd outgrown the sandbox they emptied it and to  their surprise it was full of my lost eyeglasses!

Did you wear glasses as a kid? Did you have anything that you fibbed about to not have to do, or wear? As an aside when I was 13 the specialist said I didn't have to wear glasses anymore and you cannot imagine how relieved I was - going into Grade 9 and no glasses! That was a day to celebrate.

I did have to start wearing them again when I turned 40 but I had 27 years of freedom.

1 comment:

Kristin said...

I had to wear glasses for only a year when I was 8 or 9. I never tried to get rid of them. I didnt' need any more until I needed reading glasses.