These are my glasses

My glasses on a table
My glasses sitting on Jane’s desk.

These are my glasses.

I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 8 years old; I was in Primary 4. I remember that because my teacher at that time was called Miss Dickson and over a couple of months she progressively moved me back further and further towards the rear of the classroom for talking.

The reason that I was talking so much was because I realised that I couldn’t read what was written on the blackboard and so kept asking the person seated next to me “What does that say?”. And the further back I was moved the more I talked. It was a vicious circle that was halted by two interventions:

  1. the back wall of the classroom
  2. an eye examination that confirmed that I did indeed suffer from myopia

Since then I’ve been a signed-up and permanent member of the Specky Four Eyes Club™. And before you ask I wouldn’t consider contact lenses for two reasons: first, my eyesight is too bad for contacts (these glasses were partly paid for me by the NHS because I’m so blind), and second, I can’t stand sticking anything into my eyes.

And so, these are my current pair of glasses: a pair of British Racing Green frames made by Lotus (I kid you not) loaded with two seriously heavy lumps of glass:

Left Right
Sph -10.75 -11.00
Cyl 2.25 1.75
Axis 93 120

I’m due for another eye examination soon. Better, worse or just the same? We’ll see, but sadly I suspect worse.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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