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THH: Bespectacled and Bewildered

May 7, 2017
By AlaNova ELITE, Naperville, Illinois
AlaNova ELITE, Naperville, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Dalai Lama said, "There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called YESTERDAY and the other is called TOMORROW, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live..."

In middle school, if there was one thing I was proud of, it was my not having glasses. Lots of people wore glasses, and all my Asian friends wore glasses. But I did not wear glasses.

My friends could start period-long conversations about the glasses they wore. They compared prescriptions; lenses; styles. They also talked about contacts lenses, and slowly, the glasses disappeared.

But I did not wear glasses, or contacts. I was so proud about it I regularly spoke up.

In December, the eye doctor concluded, quietly, that I should get glasses. So should my mom, and my sister, although she was changing her prescription. But me, glasses? It was unimaginable. And I would rather laugh than cry, because it seemed I had ruined my near-perfect eyeballs with all my reading and writing.

Soon, I was trying on pairs of glasses, and buying pairs of glasses, and swiping a glasses case from my sister to keep them in my bag. I still call my them my “part-time glasses,” because they work part-time, for reading and writing.

A long time ago, my aunt told my mom that everyone in my cousin’s class ended up wearing glasses except him. They studied that much. And I distinctly remembered thinking, Ha-ha, sucker, before whoop, I got glasses.

So, now I wear glasses.

The author's comments:

What does "THH" stand for? Good question! It's THE HOLY HITCHHIKE... The name is Ala Nova, and you have entered the domain of my discussion, thought, and paraphernalia. Enjoy, and let loose your commentary and suggestions below. A new column every Friday!

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