It seems like a father should feel a sense of pride when his son follows in his footsteps. Today Isaac had an experience that I also had as a young 7-year old, but somehow I just feel sad for the kid. He visited the eye doctor today and was given a prescription for his first pair of glasses. All the feelings of despair that I had as a first grader being told I would have to wear glasses welled up inside of me for him when I found out. Or maybe it was just for my 1st-grade self. I remember being in denial at the eye doctor’s and then crying when my parents broke the news to me. Ily called me at work from the doctor’s office to tell me, and I was a little nervous to see Isaac later.

When we all got home, he was sitting in the office very quietly. “There he is, moping,” I thought, projecting my 1st-grade self onto him. But then he jumped up and started happily playing with his brothers. Turns out he’s fine with the whole thing. Excited even. Ily told me how he couldn’t read the letters on the wall, and then how he was amazed at how much easier it was when the doctor put the lenses in front of his eyes. Before bed Isaac excitedly told me that his new glasses are red(?!?) and that they will get here a week from Tuesday. He’s obviously got a much better attitude about the whole thing than I ever did. I guess the stigma of glasses just isn’t what it used to be 23 years ago. I should follow my son’s lead and cheer up. It is nice to be able to see, and this isn’t really a surprise. Ily and I both got glasses very young, so all of our kids are probably in for it. Maybe we can all get matching red(?!?!) glasses someday. I can’t wait to see what they look like.


Dad March 30, 2008 at 6:23 p.m.

Isaac, I got glasses when I was in 6th grade. I remember being able to see the house across the street very clearly when I put them on. You will probably do better in school and in sports because of being able to see better. Don't worry if anyone says anything mean about your glasses. Just look at them and say, "I bet you are jealous." We hope to see you soon. Love Grandpa

Julie March 31, 2008 at 5:54 p.m.

I can't wait to see Isaacs cool new red glasses!

Melinda April 1, 2008 at 9:07 a.m.

Me too :-)