Monday, October 19, 2009

Meet Me On Monday: A Double Identity

Meet Me On Monday:

This Monday, and random Mondays here after, my blog will reveal something about me.
All Meet Me On Monday blogs will be clearly labeled.

Warning:  Holy spectacled short girl Batman!  What, you want a better warning than that?  Fine.  Random photos of bespectacled people shall appear within this blog.  Don't call them 4 eyes, because you never know who hides behind those frames!

Were you aware that I have a double identity?  During the day, I'm mild mannered Mindy, then... Zap! Pow! Bam!  I instantly change my appearance and become...  Okay, maybe not exactly, but I do have 2 very different looks on any given day.

When I was in the 5th grade, it was determined  through the school  vision testing that I was in need of an eye appointment.  At that age, glasses seemed exciting to me.  Little did I know that when I reached high school I would practically hate them.  After a check up with the eye doctor, they determined I was near sighted.  We went through the process of picking out glasses.  When I found frames that reminded me of my Mom's, that was what I wanted. 

I went through 3 pairs of glasses before I requested contacts as a Freshmen in high school.  Thanks to a family friend's, who also wore contacts, confidence in my responsibility to handle them, my Mom was sold.  It didn't hurt that my current pair of glasses were busted.  Our local eye doctor got me set up with soft lens contacts and I walked out of the office as a new girl!  That girl had a cleaner, clearer, crisper vision of the world.  My life, without the assistance of glasses, was no longer a large watercolor painting.

I've purchased glasses over the years, because everybody needs a backup, but contacts are my main source of vision enhancement.  As an adult, shopping in the women's glasses frames department never worked out well for me.  The fit was always off and I was never confident enough to shop in the kids section, as people already thought I was one.  However, in the Summer of 2004 I browsed the "teen" section of a glasses store and purchased a pair that fit better than any woman's frame.  It wasn't a great fit, glasses sliding down your nose on occasion is never a sign of perfection, but it was an improvement. 

It's been over 5 years since I purchased glasses, and changes in prescription have occurred in that time, so my husband and I felt it was time to purchase a new pair.  Did I mention that he wears contacts (or glasses) as well?  After our eye exam, we both browsed the frames.  He was able to head directly to the men's section of the frames, while I lingered back from the women's.  Instead, I spoke with the assistant about trying out some kid frames.  Another tiny friend of mine wears kid sized frames, so I decided to give it a shot. 

It's amazing how much things have changed since I was a kid.  The kid frames still have bold colors, but the adults do as well these days.  The child sized frames are no longer screaming "hey I'm young!" from across the room.  I was able to try on multiple frames and have more than a few choices that made me feel good.  Not too mention, the fit was awesome!  A little over a week ago, I picked up my Vera Bradley designer kid frames & matching case.  I loved them so much that I wore them out of the store!

Do you wear contacts or glasses?  Love or hate them?  Whether you wear them or not, what do you think of the modern frames available today? 


  1. I love my Barbie glasses! Though I think it's time for a new pair :(

    I love me some Dean Cain/Clark Kent!

  2. I have had glasses since 6th grade and have hated them always. Luckily, I only needed them for far away, movies, blackboard, etc. Now, quite suddenly, my eyes have shifted and I can't see things super up close anymore. Very obnoxious and annoying to me. So, you're perfect if you stand between 1 and 12 feet away from me. :O)

  3. The family laughs at my circle glasses from ten years ago. Now I have stylish ones, but I only wear them at night while driving! I'm vain!

  4. Nope! I'm one of those lucky ones! At least so far in my life! I'm sure there will come a day when I'll have to get them! I can tell I'm not what I use to be!

  5. MB- Dean Cain was one of my biggest crushes! lol

    Diane- I'm not looking forward to the future of shifting eyes. I can imagine how frustrating it is for you!

    Jill- My husband never wears his unless he absolutely has to. I've gotten much more comfortable with wearing mine in public. I used to hate wearing them anywhere but home.

    Jody- Lucky! I hope you don't end up having to get them. It's never fun to have "defective" eyes.