I’ve worn glasses from as long as I can remember. One pair was a beautiful pair of pearl blue glasses that I wore in 1st grade. I have to admit that I was very self conceous about wearing glasses. It wasn’t like today when it is hip and people have several incredibly kool pairs of glasses….no…back then you only had one pair of glasses.
So…back to first grade and it was recess and we were playing a game …boys together with the girls ( how very progressive) Everybody got in a large circle and a little boy would run around the outside of the circle behind everyone and held on to a hanky and when they were behind a little girl they had a crush on they would drop the hanky and then the little girl would try to grab the hanky and run and catch him.. Most of the little boys wanted to drop the hanky behind Valerie, who had two blond braids and adorable bangs and does NOT wear glasses. I had a huge crush on Mike Bus and was praying he would put the hanky behind me….but I knew he wouldn’t !
The game was just about over I was sad because not just Mike,,,,but no little boy had put the hanky behind me. Then a little boy came up to me and I thought he was going to go behind me and drop the hanky, but instead he said to my face…,”no one picked you cause you are a 4 eyed monster. I remember how much that hurt me, and I was fighting back tears and yelled…” I am not a 4 eyed monster any more, as I crunched my pearl blue glasses under my shoe and straight into the ground…. “There, I am NO 4 EYED MONSTER.
Cut to walking home after school and I was soooo proud of myself. Congratulating myself for standing up for myself.!!! Yeah!!!! I am short but I am strong!…I am young but no one messes with me!… I arrived home and walked tall through the front door and couldn’t wait to tell my mother about what happened….I was sure she would be so proud of me. My mother took a long look at me and then said…”Where are your beautiful new pearl blue glasses?” I told her the story as I mimed me squishing my glasses into the ground with my foot and to my incredible shock, my mother sent me straight to my room!