These things appear to be multiplying in this house rapidly apace. Readers or cheaters they are sometimes called. Over the counter glasses specifically for the purpose of being able to clearly see things that are upclose. They are necessary now, yes indeedy, but I thought, I honestly believed, that I would invest in one pair and that would be it. I'd be all set for reading. Done and Done.
So we went to a store, I don't recall which one. I tried on multiple strengths and with each pair sitting as square as it could considering that it was still mostly in it's original packaging (they do not make it easy!) attempted to read my cellphone. It was an interesting and fairly amusing experiment. Eventually we determined the correct strength and then I tried on, I'm certain, every pair of readers the store had in vision requirement. The mirror was, as they almost always are, far too high for me to really get a good idea of what these new special spectacles looked like on me, so I just went with what felt good on my face. I ended up buying those snazzy teal green ones above. Ok. All set. One pair for reading and I'm good. Right? Nope.
A few days later I was visiting with a neighbor at her house. She gave me a copy of a recipe that she, correctly, was certain I would like. I tried to read the recipe and of course it was all just a blur. My lovely neighbor handed me a pair of her readers and said, "Is that better?" Of course it was. In further conversation she insisted that I take that pair of readers home with me. She said that she buys them in packages of ten and has them strewn all over the house and could certainly spare that one. How very kind! Now I had two pair. Woohoo! My cup runneth over. I put one pair by the computer and the other by the place I like to read in the family room. Now I'm more than ready, right? Well not exactly.
A few days later, at Tim's instigation, we both jump into the car. I had no idea where we are headed (which is not at all unusual for us) and I did what I always do. I grabbed my phone (or we could call it my camera, that's what I mostly use it for) and head out the door. I took nothing else because I never needed to take anything else before. Half way through the drive Tim asks me to look something up on my phone. Oh dear, I cannot read my phone now. Ok Lesson learned. I told Tim that I would put the second set of readers in my purse. Problem solved for the future. I would have one pair in my purse and one pair at home. Done, right? Well I believed that to be true.
Monday a package arrived. Upon Tim's instruction, I opened it. Within were six pair of readers in different colours and patterns including one pair that are specifically for computer work (something about blue light?) I could not contain my laughter. A little over the top maybe but, Tim was making sure that I would never again run into that problem. When he needs me to look something up on my phone, by golly, I will be able to, no matter where we are! His thought was to leave a pair of readers in each car, one in the purse, one by the computer, one in the kitchen, one by where I like to read and a few to spare. I have now have a pair of readers to go with every article of clothing I own! How very fashion forward!
Then because he is a very detailed thinker, Tim also ordered this incredible foldaway pair of readers at my strength that are perfect for me to take along hiking or walking or biking because it's so small and flat it fits in my pocket or I could even hook it on to a belt loop. Really, this is so terribly clever. I should have taken the photo with something beside it so you could really get an idea of how small it is. It fits in the palm of my hand. That small. Wow!
So I tried them all on, looking in the mirror, and finally decided which were my favourite pair so I could put those in my purse. I like them all. Each one helps me see so that at the grocery store I can not only read my own list (assuming my handwriting was good that day) but also the packaging for any product I am considering and while out and about, I can read my phone or a map, or, I don't know whatever other thing I might need to see close up when I'm not home. I'm all set. It was an easy decision actually, took me no time at all. As soon as I tried them on, I knew this was the one I liked the best.
Naturally it is the boldest most ridiculous pattern with the most colour, the most crazy, the most rediculous! Here we go: (you are forewarned, I'm having a REALLY bad hair day today)
Of course, Florida being what it is, the Sunshine State, and me being who I am and therefore spending a LOT of time outside, I have to wear sunglasses too. So driving, walking, biking, hiking...all outside things mean juggling both sunglasses and readers so I find myself doing this a lot:
Wearing one pair on my face and the other pair of glasses like a headband on top of my head and then switching them out as needed. I look ridiculous, not that that fact has ever stopped me from doing anything. I'm toying with the idea of getting one of those old fashioned library lady chains to dangle the althernate pair of glasses like an enormous necklace round my neck. Thereby solidly garnering a reputation of being a total weirdo. Yeah, like that every slowed me down. Hah!
I will figure this out. In the meantime, I will go ahead and be funny looking. I am okay with that. Because one way or the other, I can see and that's a good thing!
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.