Our girl is 13 years and 10 months old.
But even though she is growing up so nicely and so lovely, she is in eighth grade. And a middle-schooler is a middle-schooler.
Our daughter is a glasses wearer. She is quite dependent on them, and was overjoyed a couple of years ago when my sister and favorite optometrist convinced me that my girl needed contact lenses. She told me how my girl's field of vision would literally open up. She told me how people would notice my girl's eyes and how my girl would grow in confidence. So contacts it was.
In the last year, my daughter's vision has changed and her glasses are far from the script she needs, so she wears her contacts from the first minute after waking until the last minute before sleep. I always fret about what will happen if she needs to wear her glasses to school.
So I gave her great news a while back. I told her that we will be visiting the local optometrist and ordering new lenses AND frames.
If I imagined her joy, her gratitude, her delight in not having to wear contacts every minute of every day, I was mistaken.
"I really don't need glasses," she replied.
But what about having the option of not wearing contacts?
What about the option of taking the contacts out earlier and watching t.v. through glasses and simply slipping the glasses off when she gets tired instead of walking to the bathroom to take out and rinse the contacts?
What about all the cute frames out now? What about the fashion change-up new frames would provide? And what of the fact that she cannot see through her current lenses?
"I could never wear glasses to school because I have braces and that combination is something people laugh at."
You know, you could not pay me enough money to ever go back to being 13.