What, I was supposed to take her word for it?
She's 11 years old. How was I supposed to know that the world from about five feet forward had gone all blurry for her? Because she said so?
Finally, however, after months of watching her squint into the distance, I manage to winnow my to-do list down to the last 350 items and come across this one: Have the girl's vision checked, you moron.
Turns out she needed glasses. Stylish, two-tone frames and a whole new point of view. She looks fabulous. Everything, in fact, looks fabulous - a point she makes repeatedly.
"I can read that sign! I can see that!" she says. "Everything is SO clear."
She can hardly believe her eyes. I can hardly believe I am allowed to keep these children.
Her glasses scream "but Mom made up for it with SK fashion sense!" Rockin' specs.
Posted by: Ms. Maxwell | June 17, 2009 at 08:33 AM
Well, at least you were the one who noticed. I took my son for his driving test, he gets to the vision test and the guy tells him to read the first line. My son says "What line?".
Posted by: Sue | June 17, 2009 at 11:58 AM
Ummm. FYI, you should probably start having her brush her teeth and visit the dentist as well. Regular doctor visits for shots are also recommended. Are there any other obvious mom jobs you are unaware of?
Posted by: Paulita | June 17, 2009 at 01:38 PM
I vividly remember getting new glasses every year at that age, as my eyes worsened significantly each year for a decade or so. I remember that the day I walked out of the office with the new glasses, the world was a marvel. The grass was made up of INDIVIDUAL BLADES! Trees had LEAVES! The world was miraculous. I'm glad she's enjoying it. (And don't forget to get her eyes rechecked every fall before the school year starts. Nearsightedness can progress fast at that age.)
Posted by: MommyTime | June 17, 2009 at 04:54 PM
I don't know why they can't just do all that stuff at the salon. It would be so much more convenient...
Posted by: Suburban Kamikaze | June 18, 2009 at 08:33 AM
You thought she was hard on your fashion choices before, now she can actually see what Mom is wearing!
Posted by: Nthnglsts | June 18, 2009 at 05:54 PM
PS Young nth goes for his first eye exam on Tuesday, so SK may have some company in Mommie Dearest World.
Posted by: Nthnglsts | June 18, 2009 at 05:59 PM
Oh my god, she is the cutest thing I have ever seen in my whole life.
Posted by: Mr Lady | June 19, 2009 at 10:53 PM
Don't sweat it. Mine told us he thought his toe was broken. We told him to get over it. He turned out to be correct. Go figure.
Posted by: parenting BY dummies | June 21, 2009 at 04:26 PM
13 days between posts? This is what I want to get to the bottom of - what, like you've been busy taking your kids to doctor appointments?
Posted by: Executive Suburbanite | June 24, 2009 at 01:59 PM
You mean "walk it off" doesn't always work? Crap, now I'll have to go have another kid so I can get it right this time.
Thanks, thanks a lot.
Posted by: evan | June 25, 2009 at 06:32 PM