It turns out that Elli has average vision for her family. I have excellent vision, Wendy has horrible vision, and Elli is somewhere in the middle, which puts her squarely in 'Needs glasses, but it isn't critical' territory.
A week ago Elli came home complaining that she couldn't see the board at school properly so I booked her an appointment with the optometrist. The result is that she mild nearsightedness, enough that she doesn't necessarily *need* glasses, but given that she is having trouble at school with her vision we decided to get them right away. Introducing Elli to optometrist appointments was an interesting parent moment because she wasn't sure what to expect. I can see the thinking - eyes are so sensitive, is this going to hurt or be scary?
It isn't painful or scary though, and after I described what would happen she was actually kind of excited about it.
I thought that she would be bummed out by the results. I certainly would be irritated by the necessity to carry glasses around; if nothing else I don't want to keep track of another object. Also my money demon has a bit of a fit at the cost of frames!
But contrary to expectations Elli was thrilled with needing glasses. She explained that she was excited because glasses are her first accessory. She doesn't have earrings, she doesn't wear necklaces or rings, and much to her dismay she doesn't have a tiara. But now she has glasses so she has a thing to wear that is special and which she gets to pick out herself.
This is totally beyond my comprehension. I accept it, but sure don't get it. I have a hard time accepting pants, and those have pockets for my keys and phone. Putting a thing on my head that might fall off or get lost? Ick! Having to pick out which frames I want and have people judge my fashion sense on that basis? Faugh.
But she loves them.
One more parenting moment where I sit back and am surprised at the way things turned out. It is a good surprise though as I was expecting her to need glasses at some point and it was an effortless thing, as medical crises go. And heck, maybe it will even help her in school.
Of course she picked pink frames. That part wasn't surprising in the least.