Our appointment finally rolled around on Monday and we were at the hospital for a fair chunk of time (is there any other kind of hospital visit?). They put in those funky eye drops that dilate your pupils so they could examine her eyes properly. We felt like really top parents for the rest of the day, carrying around a baby that looked like she'd just dropped an e on the way to a mid-morning rave. On the plus side, it was quite pretty, like one of those weird 70s caricatures of children.
But I digress (who me?!)... The opthamologist examined Edie's eyes with a set of lenses which looked like something that belonged in a museum of quaint medical equipment from the 19th Century. My stoner child was remarkably still during this process - more in those drops than they care to admit? Fairly quickly, the doctor said something like, "I can see a reasonable amount of long-sightedness; Quite marked for such a young age". Phil had his Daddy ears on and took this to mean "Your child can see a long way - well done for creating such an advanced specimen!" so when the doctor concluded a minute or two later by announcing that Edie would need glasses, his face fell.
Allow me to tell you a little about how Phil and I see the world for any offspring of ours. We ain't no oil paintings. Either of us. This isn't a desperate cry for our friends and family to say "Pish tosh! [that's the way all our friends and family speak] You are just fine and dandy!". We know we're not totally fugly, but we're not going to win any beauty contests. Although we do wish for world peace. It's always been a running joke between us that any child of ours will be the child with "personality" which is just as well because it won't get there on looks. Up until now, it really has mostly been a joke but it's been interesting to be now confronted with a child who has a wandering eye, or has to wear glasses.
I'm not going to pretend that I now I have a child with a serious health issue. Believe me, I fully appreciate that in the grand scheme of things, we are incredibly lucky to have a child as happy and healthy as Edie is. It's more that it's clear that our wee baby has something extra to deal with in life. Maybe only for a few years, but maybe for a lot more than a few. If you asked people if they thought children, especially little ones, with glasses are cute, I think most would say yes. I also think that if you asked kids if they thought children who wear glasses are dorky, most would say no. So what is our problem? I guess we must think that kids with glasses are dorky, or not cute?! I don't feel like that's true. I think it's more likely we are harbouring this irrational fear that some nameless, faceless stranger will be mean to our little girl, or that someone will pass over her in some way because she doesn't look pretty. Lame, but there you have it.
So let's turn this frown upside down and think of hot and wildly successful people who wear glasses! I have actually found a blog dedicated to the topic of glasses, Miss Speculiar (the internet is a fascinating place) and I got some of my ideas below from there.
Daniel Vettori. Part Italian, top sportsman, pretty spunky, and a spokesman for a brand of glasses. A good way to kick off our list.
Pretty much the most talked about man in Hollywood in terms of spunkiness AND acting chops: Ryan Gosling. And he wears glasses.
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Gok Wan is bigger than Trinny & Susannah these days when it comes to styling and taste. And he even has his own line of frames.
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And now for some bespectacular ladies....
Tina Fey. Brains and beauty. Plus she's bloody funny. I can see Edie being this kind of glasses girl...
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