Jack’s glasses

My son got his first pair of eyeglasses yesterday. On the way to pick them up, Jack grilled me on all things glasses. Having worn glasses since I was child I am considered the family expert when it comes to poor vision. So Jack asked me whether he will be considered a nerd and whether I was called a nerd as a child because I wore glasses. That’s when Gracie contributed to the conversation by announcing that they didn’t have nerds back in the old days.

Once at the doctor’s office, Jack was fitted with the glasses and all seemed to be going smoothly. I was thrilled that he thought he looked “cool” and he had a very positive attitude about the whole thing. After having gone through a not-so-fun eyeglass experience with my daughter, I was relieved that Jack was handling this very maturely.

As we walked out of the office and headed toward the car, Jack stopped in the middle of the parking lot and looked at me with a huge smile. “Mommy, I love my glasses. I can really see better now,” He said. “You look so much bigger!” Gee, thanks.

Jack made it through his first day of school with his new eyeglasses. For a seven-year-old boy, I think that’s saying something. I wasn’t sure whether I’d see those glasses still neatly perched on his nose at 3pm, but when I picked him up at school he came walking out with his shiny new glasses sitting perfectly in place. He did, however, manage to lose the case.

10 Responses »

  1. What a darling boy! Gotta love the honesty. He may just surprise you with his new found eyesight! :)

    • Ali, thanks for your comment. I do appreciate the honesty but I’m hoping Jack will find a kinder way to word his statements.


  2. I was a bit younger than your son when I got glasses. :) I still remember that day. I just had to choose a round frame- like a monocle. It looked horrible on me haha. But hey, your 7 year old is adorable and I’m glad he thinks it’s cool to wear glasses.

    • Anne, thanks for your comment. Glasses these days are really nice looking. When I was a kid, like you, I was stuck with one style and they didn’t look good on me.


  3. I don’t think we’ve managed to keep a case for more than a day since 1999! You’re son looks adorable! One of my boys has had eye surgery twice & glasses since he was 3, (He’s 16 now) and yeah…he was picked on a bit later on in 4th-7th grade, but now…he’s big man on campus.

    As for nerds, love your daughter’s quote but truly…there were nerds back in the day. I was one even back as far as 1978!

    • Luckily, Jack thinks he looks cool in his glasses so I’m hoping he’ll handle any negative comments made by kids. As for being a nerd, I was certainly one in grade school with my poorly-fitted glasses.


  4. Awww…he looks so handsome in his glasses. :)

  5. I’m digging those specs!

    I have two kids that had glasses and eye disorders. Oh boy…fun times with them. They are teenagers and doing great now — one is out of glasses and the other one has to wear one contact lens (both situations come with the territory of their eye problems). As you know, the glasses just become a part of them and so nice that if they get involved in sports, contact lenses are a nice option (but that’s a whole different story in itself).

    Your son looks very handsome and I think glasses probably make him look soooo much older. :)

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