When we reach an age that I like to call the “Age of Enlightenment”, we might find it comes with eyestrain, and reading glasses.
There are glasses with small magnifications (1.25x to 1.50x) stored in just about every room in the house where reading might happen.
But never where there are mirrors. Except by accident.
I usually store them on the top of my head, a very old habit.
But, there was that one time. I did not automatically remove them when getting up to use the facility.
That was a mistake.
To view your early a.m. face with magnification can elicit quite the response.
Shock. Awe. Horror. Wonder. Curiosity ?
How long had that almost 1 inch long chin hair gone unnoticed by family ?
When I questioned the husband, he looked over and said, “What chin hair ? ”
Love that man. Failing vision is a blessing in disguise.
We’ll stay in blissful ‘Low Definition’ for as long as we both can.
I wear my glasses to drive in low light. Other than that, I prefer an Impressionists world 🙂
Yes. Impressionists got it right ! A kinder, softer perspective. 💜
I think so 🙂
He he he. So true.
Sometimes, it’s best not to see things up close and personal, Diana. ☺
Oh yes 😂 and if someone complains about your inability to read those tiny instructions, just tell them you are only being polite, and putting a rosey filter on their countenance 😇
Good advice. ☺ Thanks.
Had to laugh, Van! I keep on complaining I don’t have enough glasses so I must put my ONE pair in ONE place or forget where I put them! LOL Ah, for the aging process. The other day I had my reading glasses on when I went in our bathroom, um yes, and was shocked at how dirty my sink was. How did THAT happen? Well, when your closeup vision goes things like dirt goes unnoticed, until you put the glasses on. How nice NOT to see dirt yet when I knew it was there, of course I had to clean! Perhaps I prefer the blurry. LOL
I hear that a lot from older folks who have laser eye surgery, Amy. They miss not seeing the dust ! There are housekeeping benefits to that blurred vision. ☺☺
LOL There certainly is!!! I am laughing out loud as I write these words. Tee hee …. Oh for the bliss of short sightedness! LOL
😃 😄 😅
You gotta love the man 🙂 I think I will opt for the softer vision when avoidable.
It’s been working for us for years now, Jacqueline, and we were not aware !! Thanks. 💖
It’s better that way 😉
I love when that happens! Like missing a part of my shaven face in the morning, as if there was supposed to be a mohawk on the side of my cheek. I must remember to keep glasses in the bathroom. 😀
Noooo…you’ll regret it, Rob. ☺
Missing a large swath of unshaven facial hair? lol I’ll miss the people staring at me! 😀
Well…any attention is better than none ??? ☺
Well, like a chive stuck on my tooth, I think it’s something that I can probably do without. Probably.
I share a love/hate relationship with my little 10x magnification mirror. 😄
Oh, no. I saw one for the first time. MIL buys Merle Norman cosmetics and the saleslady talked this 86 yr. old into buying one. Yikes.
At times, a softer vision really helps..;-) … 😀 loved the post…
Thanks so much Maniparna, I agree.💖
Since I am nearsighted I still see very well near…. I see each new wrinkle appear!
So sorry for that one, Erika. I don’t see mine at all. Life is good, living in denial. 💕
Forever young! Awesome!!!! LOL!!!💖
Ha ha…me and Rod Stewart ?? ☺
😂😂😂 Dying,Van! DYING!!! 😂😂😂
I thought you might appreciate that one, Erika. Take care. ❣️
Haha… totally! 😂
When you put those glasses on things seem lots clearer, older, dirtier, dustier etc. had to laugh Van!
So very true, Lynn. Glad you got a laugh out of it. 💝
I did! Loved the chin hair!
Waking up to soft impressions adds to our well being! Reality can wait for a while. 🌞
I like the way you think, Val. 💝
You are a prompt stimulus… A story from my Mothers playbook returns at pace. Thanks Van. Husbands have their uses. Every home should have one.
Love it…prompt stimulus. It happens to me all the time. Sometimes, my comments could turn into a post on the spot. I have to restrain myself. Often. Look forward to your mother’s story, Geoff. 💖
Next week ,Van!
What about two or even three, Geoff? IN Sydney, there’s a home handyman business called “Hire A Hubby”. It’s been franchised. Such a good concept!
We have one here called “Rent a Husband”. It seems to work. I married my handyman. ☺
There are ladybird books that have been brought out ‘how to make a husband’ V useful!
No doubt…a husband is a very different being than a spouse. ☺ Thanks, Geoff.
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Van by the River with a reminder that when viewing oneself in the mirror wearing glasses is not necessarily beautifying but it does identify features that may have been overlooked. My husband who would view me with myopic bliss in the early morning had his eyes Laziked at 50.. not fair!
Thanks so much, I’m honored by the reblog, Sally. And so sorry for the Lazik. ☺ Not fair at all. 💖
LOL! This was better than The Story Reading Ape’s Auntie Acid Monday’s. I have readers stashed everywhere, except where I need them. And that 10x mirror? Ugh! Wrinkles magnified! Mine are deep enough without magnification.
What a compliment. Thanks so much, Michelle. Nice to see you here. 💕
Even worse that getting your vision fixed, is having young kids. They just tell it as it is or at least how they see it. They do all sorts of horrible things to your self-esteem. Thank goodness we have the two dogs to counter-balance the kids. As long as you keep giving them treats, a pat and the odd walk, the dog sees nothing in the wrinkle department.
Yep. I’ve had to apologize for my kids’ honesty on many occasions. They see and tell it like it is. It takes a strong ego to deal with all that. ☺ Thanks, Ro.
Came here from smorgasbord blog and jus wanted to say this was a really fun post!
Thanks so much, Prior. Sally is a blogger’s treasure. 💕 No one out there is more supportive. Glad for your visit. ☺
😉💕 pleasure was mine
I prefer to look in the mirror and see the blurred version, so much more flattering! You have a mn in a million there, Van! 🙂
He’s a keeper, Judy. Thanks. ❤️
What a lovely man your husband is. ❤ ❤ ❤
I wear glasses and still miss the facial hair. Eke. My cats don't tell me either.
I’ve always thought so, Tess. 💕 Thanks so much.
You are welcome and a lucky woman as well. ❤
It’s good when you age together.
Yes. Yes, it is !! And maybe even…that our faculties degenerate at the same rate ? ☺
It has to help.
I opted for progressive bifocals while I was still teaching for an entirely different vanity reason. As the teacher’s manuals began publishing four student pages on a single teacher’s page, I needed glasses to read that fine print. But I’ll be damned if I’ll become one of those “old teachers” who wears their glasses on a chain! And so it began!
Oh, the glasses on a chain. There were so many of those, maybe before prominence of laser eye surgery ? I’d have trouble today with those teacher manuals. I even have trouble reading those Chinese fortune cookies…can the print get any smaller/fainter ?? Thanks. 💝
What a crack up! Reading glasses all over the house, but I admit to the 10x zoom mirror in the bathroom just for those chin hair moments, lol!
They scare me a bit, Terri, I saw my first 10x recently when visiting the mother in law…she uses it to apply makeup. At 86. sigh…
Lol…I always pass a mirror in the morning, shave and get into the shower with my eyes closed. That way I can keep telling myself fictional stories my mind chooses to believe.😊
I believe in self delusion. It gets me up and out into the world every day, George. 💖
I purchased a magnifying mirror for the weird hairs I couldn’t find. Fine enough. Then I was visiting my tri-focaled friend and she showed me hers and I almost died. Thank heavens no one sees me the way her mirror does, for I am red with black polka-dots and white flakes, and covered, truly, in downy white hair as they say all mammals are.
I look fantastic in our main bath, with the dimmer switches and the soft bulbs and the antique mirror. It’s a kind space. I look 20 in there. You’re welcome to come take selfies in it, have a smile at faces gone by 😉
Oh, my. I like my softer lighting too, Joey. It’s like a personal age filter. ☺ And then there are those fitting room high beams…they might be part of what is sending shoppers to the internet. ☺
Truly. Going to the post office to return an ill-fitting garment is better than a blink of fitting room lighting.
Van, my wife say’s I’m blind as a bat without my glasses. Good thing, too. God knows, what a mess I’d see in the mirror looking back at me.
Ha ha…best not to know,Paul.
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☺ Thanks, Geoff.