Abductive Columns

Sunday, December 26, 2004

The First Sign of Aging

I don’t know about you but I take myself very seriously. I am an expert at building molehills into mountains. Most of the time I can blow a minor inconvenience out of all proportion until it looks like a major calamity.

It was that way fifteen years ago when I had to give in to wearing bifocals. I fought it for a couple of years while I allowed reality to finally put me on that dreaded path to the optician’s office. There he told me I also had “presbyopia.” That’s all I needed to hear—I had old eyes. So I went reluctantly into bifocals. You would have thought someone had died! I went home and put on a black armband. For days I moped about this mammoth catastrophe that had hit me. Finally I climbed back from my “slough of despond.” Slowly I decided there was life after bifocals.


At 9:28 PM, Blogger Charlie said...

Yep...the ol' dreaded bifocals! Just got mine the week after Thanksgiving! The bad part is that the new bifocals do crazy things with computer monitors - not far enough away for the distance part of the lense, and not close enough for the reading part - so I have to use my old single lenses at the computer.

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Keith Brenton said...

I remember the trauma well. I was 43. Now I'm 49 and have been on trifocals for almost a year. Can't do the computer screen without the middle "window." I figure if bad eyes were good enough for the apostle Paul, they're good enough for me. Maybe we should ordain the Presbytry of Presbyopics ...?


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