The End of an EraMeghan Gesswein
Zachary has worn glasses for, what seems like, his entire life. He was 11 months old when we found out he needed them, and given his strong prescription, he usually wears them from the time he wakes up in the morning until the time he goes to sleep at night.
While I was really disappointed when we first found out he needed glasses, we quickly got used to them, and, at this point, they’re as much a part of him as his bright blue eyes.
We’ve been extremely lucky, and have been able to keep the same frames for the past four years. They’re a soft, flexible plastic, so they’ve been able to withstand a lot of abuse. Honestly, we have two pairs, one blue and one black, but he wore the blue ones almost exclusively.
But the time has come to replace them. The fabric strap that goes around the back of his head is starting to fall apart and he’s old enough now for “big boy glasses.” We ordered them last week and picked them up today.
I’m finding it harder to say goodbye to the old frames than I thought I would. His funky blue glasses have always seemed to highlight his personality and I feel like making the transition to “plain” frames would somehow diminish that. Not that glasses have anything to do with his personality, but their individual style certainly give you an immediate idea about the person. Although, we picked the coolest, funkiest frames we could find, so I think we’re on the right track.
I put together a little slideshow of Zachary and the adventures he’s had with his glasses through the years, and at the end, you can see him rocking his new frames. I can only imagine the photos I’ll take in the coming years of him wearing them! Hopefully they last as long as the old ones did!