You know you are getting older when your son sits at the dinner table and admits it’s time he got glasses because the package labels he has to read working for UPS have become blurry. He’s 45. That’s about the age I got my glasses also. Aging isn’t for sissies. 

My daughter has worn glasses for quite some time. Of course she thinks she looks better without them and has spent lots of money on contacts and other days with headaches because she forgot both her contacts and glasses. Now she has a special man in her life that asks her to wear her glasses because when he met her she had on her signature zebra stripe frames. He says “his girl” wears glasses.

I never really thought about it, but the National Day of Calendar says “Spectacles have been around for about seven centuries, but early versions were only worn by monks and scholars. It wasn’t until the invention of the printing press in 1452 and an increase in literacy that the demand for eyewear grew as well.” Now you know why when you see a movie about King Arthur’s Round Table no one is wearing glasses. I never would have thought to connect the printing press to eyewear.

When I was in grade school in the early ’60’s a student who wore glasses was often teased. I have realized and don’t understand why kids are so mean. My grandson has worn glasses since he was two. He started life three months ahead of schedule and weighed in at 1 pound 13 ounces. We figure if the only aid he needs is glasses we are pretty lucky. Now he is playing lacrosse and recently planted his own herb garden. He also has a great eye for color and helps me pick out fabric for my quilts.

Let’s face it, having 20 x 20 vision to get through the day is a whole lot more important than not being seen with eyewear especially now that have such stylish frames. I can’t say those frames are inexpensive because they aren’t, but one can sure make a statement with them if they want to. Me, I prefer mine to be hardly noticeable because I’m not a flashy person but I love to know what’s going on around and in front of me.