Moving into middle and high school wire frame glasses were all the rage in the 90s but our insurance at the time allowed for only plastic rims. Still expensive but outdated, I used to dream of the day when I would be able to afford my own glasses. I had plans for my style when I was all grown up. Funny enough I now buy the same large plastic (hipster) frames I wore as a kid and was made fun of for. Funny how fashion changes. For me, contacts were never an option. I hate touching my eyes. As a child I recall my father wearing the glass contact lenses. I'd imagine what would happen if they shattered... it freaked me out.
Being an athlete and being relatively blind was not a great combination. From middle school through college I played "blind". I recall feeling my way around the volleyball and basketball courts. I used my spacial awareness and developed my peripheral vision to a point where I earned double digit assists, steals, and points in many games. Yeh I could've worn rec specs and at times I wore a glasses strap on my plastic frames during games, but it got glasses fog up and they jostle around on the bridge of your nose, so lame. I left my glasses in my locker during games and practices. Playing "blind" was my best choice, though once again I'd fantasize about how much better I would've been had I been able to see.
I wasn't expecting any good news. In fact we visited Zenni Optical prior to our visit to prepare for their new life. A life filled with pushing frames up by the bridge, wiping hand prints from lenses, and possibly figuring out what to do at special events where photos required a glasses-free face. My middle child asked, "Mom, can you fly planes if you wear glasses". I told her to my knowledge, probably not but we can always check Google. In my mind, I told her to erase the possibility of that dream forever... the cynicism was strong within me.
But I learned something new about Zenni. What I didn't know was the selection they had for kids and teens was really impressive! My daughter had the best time picking out her glasses for the upcoming school year. And I promised her that if she didn't lose them, she could buy two more pair for the new year. She's so excited to return for school in the fall with her stylish new specs. And in an era where glasses are "cool", affordable, and even super stylish, I can't help but feel better about the genetic hand I've been dealt and passed on to my kid.