Thursday, January 14, 2016

Retro


After an entire decade of rocking the same prescription (mostly through inertia), I finally got new glasses. At near and middle distances, I could see well enough with the old ones, but I was definitely missing something when trying to watch, say, a Broadway play from the rafters. My daughter and a young hip sales associate at the optometry place helped me pick out these tortoise shell Burberry frames, which the lovely sales associate said had arrived in the shop only that afternoon. I'm cutting edge stylish y'all. In truth, I couldn't see much without my prescription lenses, so I had no idea how I looked, but my daughter seemed to think these frames were the ones and that was enough for me.

I finally picked them up yesterday and was shocked by how much clearer and brighter the world around me suddenly seemed. Once home, my son pronounced the frames "somewhat hipster" and said he liked them on me "a lot." My husband's response was less sure. He studied me for a long while then mused that the style seemed a little old fashioned. I totally got what he saw. I had frames not unlike these when I was 11 years old, and again when I was in my twenties. Except back then, the lenses were so thick my eyes were like little fish swimming at the bottom of a Coke bottle. My eyesight is still just as bad, but technology's come a long way, baby.

I put the top photo on Instagram last night, and some people who love me pronounced the glasses "super cute, Auntie," and "retro hip." I can just hear Elizabeth laughing at my strategic "mama selfie" crop of me and my retro hip frames.


20 comments:

  1. Golly! You are so beautiful and I love those glasses! Absolutely love them!
    Not as much as I love you though...
    Yesterday I took a bunch of selfies with Maggie laying on and beside me and they all showed my wrinkled bosom, my wattle, my so-faded looks. And of course, my big and crooked teeth! But part of me just didn't care. It was the fresh new dumpling of a rose of a baby that mattered.
    I am still vain though. And that's just the truth.

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    1. Mary, I saw those pictures of you and that sweet baby girl and they are beautiful!

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  2. About ten years ago I switched from thin metallic frames (granny glasses, anyone?) to a heavier navy frame. It was hard! I knew it was more fashionable but part of me kept remembering the blue cat's eyes frames I had from age 8 to 14. But I've gotten used to them; it just took awhile. I think your frames are an excellent choice and if you had your daughter's blessing you can be sure they are the right ones.

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    1. jenny_o, I remember granny glasses. they were the true rage back in the day. i stuck with them way past when they were in style! cat frames however i let go of as soon as i could. i do like my new frames although as I was leaving the store i did see a pair of red frames that stopped me and made me wonder if I needed a pair of back up glasses. we'll see!

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  3. Very stylish & you can see better! 2+'s!!!

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    1. Drita, want to hear something funny? I also walk steadier. Isn't that weird? xo

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  4. I LOVE them! I pronounce you beautiful. Great choice.

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    1. Dear Joanne, you are kind. But I kind of like them too! xo

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  5. Those frames enhance your beautiful face.

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  6. OMG! I got new glasses today too and the frames are almost exactly the same! Aren't we hip and cool?

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  7. They are totally awesome, even if that IS a "mom selfie" extraordinaire!

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  8. What stands out to me is the look in your eyes! And the glasses
    are very nice, too.

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  9. I love them!
    I have to get glasses soon (for reading and sewing) and my children are horrified because it means that their mother is SO old.

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  10. I like 'em! They ARE a bit retro but they fit you really well and look really good!

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  11. You are beautiful and your daughter steered you well!

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