We made it 10 1/2 months before Zoe did anything horrifying to her frames. Made it through the first couple months of her ripping them off and throwing them at the first sign of getting upset. Made it through the next few months of her taking them off when she was bored in the car and carefully removing the nose piece. Made it through her being in the infant room at daycare, and then going into the toddler room. But today, on our drive home, she was upset about something and took them off to wipe her eyes. I turned back and saw she had them off, and asked her to hand them to me, but she refused. At the next stop sign, I turned to look and saw that she had carefully folded them and put them in her cup holder. And then I realized that she had carefully folded one of the ear pieces at a 45° angle down from her glasses. I pulled over, took her glasses, tried to explain why I was taking them, and why I was upset. Tried to stay positive that maybe they could be fixed. But it looked bad. They didn’t even fit in a case they were so bent out of shape – as was I.
We went straight to the eye glasses shop. I handed the misshapen frames to the optician saying I was guessing that we were out of luck. She took them quietly and went into the back for a long time. Another toddler and her mom came in to pick up a pair of glasses – very cute, dark plastic frames. I bet those don’t bend like that. But then the optician came back out. Handed me Zoe’s frames back – perfectly shaped. “This,” she said, “is why you want to buy good frames.” We may yet make it to the end of the year and have to buy new frames because Zoe outgrew them, rather than destroying them.