Thursday, January 13, 2011

I'll never forget the day that Zhoie brought home a note from the school nurse informing me that I was in fact a bad mother and that my poor daughter couldn't read the board or her books.  I immediately made her an appointment to have her vision checked.

As we expected the news wasn't good, Zhoie's vision was really poor.  She was NOT happy.  We stood in Walmart (before I saw the light) Vision Center pointing at the Barbie, Mary Kate & Ashely and Hannah Montana frames my sweet little girl had tears in her eyes, and of course a good snit-fit on.
 My heart was breaking, she was so upset.  I offered to buy her anything and everything she wanted.  Anything to make our babies feel better...right?  I had no idea how much glasses cost, so when she picked out the MK&A super cute frames and opted for the extra scratch resistant blah, blah, blah, I wasn't all that surprised that the total was around $400. Several pair of glasses later I do realize that was an outrageous amount to pay for kids glasses. =)

It was a tense week we waited for the glasses to arrive.  We made the trip back to Walmart.  We sit down, here come the glasses, one last little whine, Mom thinks they are cute, here we go-put them on.  And that was the moment that my baby girl turned her head and looked out upon the vastness that is Walmart and a huge smile brightened her face.  She had never seen it before!  She had never seen a lot of things before, I hadn't realized, again my heart hurts.

 "There are stars on the flag!" she says with a huge smile.  The poor thing had not been able to see the stars on the gigantic 30 foot flag hanging in Walmart. And that's the moment that having glasses didn't seem so bad.  It was fun to watch her discover all the things she didn't even know she was missing. That was 8 years ago.  8 years of tumbling, cheering, hiking, sewer crawling, flipping, running, rafting, biking, playing, losing glasses. And yesterday my baby got her first set of contacts.

She's having the best time with her "naked face"  She keeps reaching up to scoot her glasses and they aren't there.  Fixing her hair is easier.  She can see straight up and down and left and right.  She will be able to swim with her infamous goober-goggles and actually be able to SEE what's under the water. It's been fun to watch her make all these discoveries. While I'm sad they aren't babies any more, I thoroughly enjoy watching them grow up. =) Love you Zho-Laur!


  1. I'm really happy for Zhoie but gee whiz did you have to make me tear up? I love the pictures. She's a beauty!

  2. What an awesome story! Thanks for sharing it. And OH MY GOSH Zhoie! You look so beauty. And you thought your eyeballs were cold last fall when I asked you to take your glasses off for pictures. I bet they are REALLY cold now!

  3. Love it! You look lovely Miss Zhoie!