I should be better at this by now.
Zoe just went through quite the growth spurt. This led not just to outgrowing her pants, but apparently also to a significant prescription change for her astigmatism (from 0.75 to 1.75). And it means that her frames are no longer fitting her well. I’ve noticed that she’s been taking them off a lot more often recently, there’s red marks on her nose, and she’s said they hurt.
I’m sad. I love those glasses, but they’ve lasted over 2 years, so we’ve definitely gotten our use out of them. And Zoe was pretty excited when I told her we’d look for new glasses. Though she’d never said anything about it before, she told me on Friday that she didn’t like people calling her glasses “rainbow glasses” and she wanted ones that were just one color, rather than multi-colored. Dots, stripes, or other patterns would be ok, though.
The last time we picked frames, Zoe had just turned 2. She was talking, but only a little, and rarely in public, so Chris and I did most of the picking. This time around, Zoe is 4 1/2, and definitely has some ideas about what she wants, and isn’t afraid to let everyone know. Before going to the glasses shop, I was pretty excited for her to pick her frames. But on our way to the shop and started having second thoughts. Zoe has her own sense of style, that’s for sure. But it can change day to day, and what if I hated her choice of glasses? We let her choose her outfits each day, but she’s choosing from clothes that we’ve bought, and her craziest outfits are only for one day. She is going to be wearing these glasses every single day. I know I recommend letting kids have a say in their glasses, but when it came down to it, I’ll admit, I was feeling a little hesitant. It’s much easier said than done.
Then we pulled up the the shop, and Chris turned to me and asked if I had the prescription. I think I stared at him blankly for a good 3 minutes as my mind furiously raced through the events of the previous day. I remember getting the prescription – heck, I remember the exact prescription – but I had no idea where it was. How could I forget to keep track of the prescription?!? I ran home to look for it (thank goodness we live near by) and finally thought to look in the bag of books and games we’d taken to the exam to entertain Zoe during the waits. By the time I got back to the shop, Chris and Zoe had narrowed the frames to ones that she liked, and thankfully, most were ones that I liked, too. There was one pair that was a bright pink that didn’t look good with her coloring. I tried to talk up the other frames, but she kept going back to those. And I just couldn’t stomach spending the money for frames that I really didn’t like on her face (they were cute, but not on her). So I went against my recommendations and pushed a bit harder for some of the other frames. The optician caught on, and had Zoe try a few more on while we moved the bright pink frames a little further away. She finally settled on a pale purple pair – that have lots of flecks of different shades of purple, and a second of dark brown frames.
The new glasses should be here in a week or so. I think Zoe was disappointed she couldn’t take them home that day. She’s planning to bring in the pictures of her in her new glasses to school tomorrow for show and tell.