I Can See Clearly Now


My first thought was, I’m so stupid! Thank goodness no one saw me doing that!

While I’ve been forced to wear glasses for nearly ten years now I hate choosing frames, but because I destroy a pair every six months or so I tend to do it a lot.

Thing is, I don’t know what suits me and I don’t really care how they look anyway. Actually I care at lot but I’m so bad at picking them I pretend I don’t. Usually I drag Tracey along with me and she picks something she hopefully won’t hate looking at for the foreseeable (see what I did there?) future.

But when I sat on my last pair four weeks ago I didn’t have that option: Tracey was lying unconscious in an ICU bed.

“Do these look okay?” I asked the nice lady in the store. It was the fourth pair I took off the wall. With Tracey so ill I really didn’t want to be there. The woman agreed they didn’t look as bad as the last three I tried. “Fine. I’ll take two of them.”

Rather cleverly I decided to keep it simple. Both pairs would be identical. I know, right? Brilliant.

“And you want one for every day and one for the computer?” she asked, referring to an earlier conversation.

Okay, so I know now that ‘brilliant’ might be overstating it. What I find I have to do now is put on whichever glasses come to hand then nod and manoeuvre my head about to see if the world comes in or out of focus, or if it all remains blurry.

And today the inevitable happened. I couldn’t find the glasses I needed to do the everyday stuff like dishes, where a variety of focal points are necessary. Instead, the glasses I had on my nose were the ones for seeing clearly only things like a screen which is 30cm from my face.

The hunt did not go well.

“Sorry, guys,” I said to the four kids sleeping in the lounge room. “I need to turn the light on.”

Then I squinted and Magoo’d my way around the room between their sleepy protests.


Similarly woke Miss3 in the main bedroom.


I checked in wardrobes, the pantry, on the freezer, under papers, in the car, on bookshelves and in the fridge. All at a distance of 30cm.


Until halfway through my second tour of the house when I found them in the bathroom mirror. They were literally right under my nose, hanging off the collar of my shirt.

Like I said, so embarrassingly dumb.

But then my first thought was quickly followed by a second more me one: OMG! I’m so stupid but that’s so friggin’ funny! I wish someone saw me doing that!

Usually that someone would be Tracey. Best we can manage at this point is for me write it up here for her to enjoy later.

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  • I do that with my sunglasses, handbag & keys. I’m about to get my first pair of reading glasses, so theyll get a turn too, I’m sure.

  • I play a similar game with hubby who is as blind as a door without his specs. Especially fun after a largish night and he can remember where he left said specs. Starts out with “babe, can you see my glasses” to which I reply “yes” (20/20 vision unaided and proud of it). Next question “where?” With hilarious answer of “not telling” from me. I thought it was funny but apparently it’s only funny if both parties are laughing.

    I imagine that Tracey will be sorry she missed your efforts and be just as keen as you to get home and into a new normal. Best wishes to all your family

  • That’s exactly the kind of thing I would do! Put some wasabi tape on the ends of one of them so you can tell the difference 😉

  • Haha oh i remember doing this before i got my first pair of multi focal lenses whichhas solved the taking on and off of multiple pairs of glasses.
    Now I have 2 pairs that can be used for everything reading and every day stuff like seeing.

  • I’ve been loosing my keys all weekend. Handy home hint – put a dot of nail polish on one of the pairs to help tell them apart. If there’s no nail polish you could also put a rubber band on an arm.

  • I have been looking 15 min for my sunglasses that are sitting on my head. The most embarrassing thing is I have done it much more than once. You should think that would be the first place to look, but no…. stupid here too!

  • I once was furiously looking for my glasses…whilst wearing them…on my face. Don’t ask me how that happened. But it did.

  • Bruce, if only I could cast the first stone. (But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”)Just in case someone thinks i’m going to throw stones at Bruce.
    But thanks for giving me something to smile about, it is good to see that we all have the same problems!
    Sorry for any miss spelling, as I am doing this blind as i can’t find my glasses D’oh 🙂

  • Try spending 20 minutes attempting to remove your contact lenses (unsuccessfully, primarily because you can’t see them…) only to discover you took them out hours ago, then forgot you did it, and have just spent 20 minutes futilely prodding your bare eyeball. 🙂 🙂 🙂

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