Share Your World – July 31, 2017

If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you need to have your vision corrected?

I have been wearing glasses since sixth grade … or I guess that would be age 10. I didn’t know I needed glasses and my mother was far-sighted, so until I told her I had to sit in the front row or I could not read the blackboard, it didn’t cross her mind that I might need glasses.

I didn’t need them all the time until High School … and that was the first time I tried contact lenses.

New me, new glasses

They were new, back then, and they though they might limit how much your eyes changed — a great idea, but sadly, wrong. Anyway, I just couldn’t. The hard contact lenses tickled; the soft ones hadn’t been  invented.

Back to eyeglasses. I tried again in college because they soft ones were newly arrived, but they were just as itchy as the hard ones.

Back to eyeglasses. After I came back from Israel in 1988, I tried one last time and it was even worse. It turned out the problem was hay-fever. It was August and the air was rich with pollen. I’d just spent 9 years in a pollen free zone, so when I got back, the pollen just about killed me. I didn’t even know I had hay-fever until then. The eye doctor looked very sympathetic, but it was — again and finally — back to glasses. 

The only thing I seriously don’t like about glasses is that they are always dirty. I clean them a dozen times a day. Also, I don’t like how they reflect at night, especially in the rain. People who wear contacts have much better night vision than those of us who wear glasses.

There’s nothing to be done about it. At this point, I wouldn’t bother to try. If I ever get serious cataracts, maybe they can do for me what they did for Garry: implant corrective lenses in my eyes. You have NO idea how happy he was being able to see without glasses — until he realized he couldn’t read at all … couldn’t even see the items on shelves in the supermarket. He has to wear reading glasses now.

Ah the cruelty of life!

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?

I am a lover of animals person. I have had ferrets and cats and parrots and dogs. Also fish. And once, a rather large tortoise.

I would have loved to have a horse, but by the time we had the room for a horse, my riding days were over.

If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list?

I’ll just stay here, I think. It is imperfect mainly because it’s too big and it has stairs, but it’s home and the idea of having to pack up all this stuff and find somewhere else is totally overwhelming.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

This hasn’t been an awe-inspiring week. Mostly, I’m glad it’s over. I did find the hiring and instant firing of “The Mooch” pretty damned hilarious, though. I’m sure every comedian in the U.S. — maybe around the world — is saddened at his loss. They had barely ramped up their new jokes before he was already history.

If anything could be said to be inspiring, I think maybe our orange begonias. They were such sad flowers when I got those two pots. They are amazing at this point. All the rain seems to have made them very happy, glowing flowers. They are also hard to photograph. They are SO bright, they look fake and it doesn’t seem to matter what lens I use or what light I’m shooting in. They seem to glow from within.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

11 thoughts on “SHARING MY WORLD – WELCOME TO AUGUST 2017!”

      1. I wore contacts for about 25 years until I was told they were wearing out my cornea. So then it was back to glasses. I hated glasses because they hurt my nose and they hurt the back of my ears. I guess they never fitted them correctly. I now have the implants and I’m still delighted with them. I don’t need glasses for driving anymore and that’s a plus. But I still need cheaters for reading.
        My inspiration for this week is – I completed a video and I have written a new song.


      2. the newest, daily contacts are nice. Use ’em and dump ’em at the end of your day. They’re very comfortable. I don’t use them on a regular basis for financial reasons. Also, in the aftermath of my “on camera days”, they are no longer necessary. I find contacts very useful if I’m driving alone and using the GPS or written directions.


    1. I thought they were a real misery, but I knew a couple of people — like Garry — who were fine with them. He moved into soft ones when they were available, but he was okay with the hard ones, too. Not me. Nope.

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