Pardon, if this blog is a little lengthy. But, it’s a story I must tell.
About ten days ago, I’d finally made an appointment to get new glasses. It’s been about nine years since my last pair of prescription eye glasses. And I’d broken those peepers a couple of years back so I’ve been limping along, struggling using Dollar Store cheeters. When I got frustrated they really didn’t do, I upgraded and bought a pair from grymattr at Staples. While they were an improvement and good for blue light, the glasses weren’t fine-tuned to my age-related needs. And then two or three months ago, they gave up the ghost too, then it was back to Dollar Store readers. Don’t believe me? Here is a picture of my grymattr specs scotch-taped together with two broken off ear pieces. I share it in humor, not for sympathy!
On January 1st, 2022 my new insurance plan kicked in, which has some eyecare coverage. So I made a long awaited appointment. My appointment was at 12:05pm and since I’d never been to this eye care center called MyEyeDr., I set out early to find it and arrived about 10 minutes before the doctor could see me. So, I sat in my car for a little bit, and as I gathered my stuff I thought I heard a loud speaker and music. I got out of the car, looked around and realized I’d parked near Mission Barbeque. The eye doctor was two store fronts away. I could see in the large windows of the restaurant and everyone had just stood up and put their hands over their hearts. Evidently at noon everyday, the practice is to stand and sing the National Anthem. I looked up at the American Flag outside, a few feet down from my car. I put my hand over my heart and began to sing along – “Oh, say can you see… ” But, really, I had the urge to laugh. Rather than join in, I wanted to shout out NO! I CAN’T SEE! CAN’T YOU SEE THAT? THAT’S WHY I AM HERE! (It may sound like I was getting testy but I was thinking about the irony of it all, in jest).
Anyway, long story short, I went in and had my eyes examined and I need more than an upgrade. Looks like I’ll be sporting glasses full-time now because I can no longer see distances either. New glasses are not a want they are a real need, so I am grateful for my new health insurance. Although it will not cover the full cost, I have to spring for them. I’ll have faith my new specs will bring me the needed clarity and less strain. Please, God, say it will be so! As Erwin Mc Manus once said, “there are few things more powerful than a life lived with clarity.”
By the way, I liked the picture I saw through the window of the restaurant even though it was rather foggy. Clearly, in some places there is still a lot of respect for our flag and the principles behind it. I’m not blind to that.
“Laughing at yourself is loving yourself.”
That’s all I’ve got for today! See you distinctly better in a few days. My new glasses have arrived and I am looking forward to picking them up!