When I was a kid, I could still watch The Twilight Zone on television. I, usually, enjoyed the shows, but there's one episode that always stood out as being particularly tragic. The episode is entitled Time Enough to Last and is about this brow-beaten, coke-bottle-glasses-wearing bibliophile, who survives a nuclear holocaust - sans his manipulative and nagging wife. Thrilled to, finally, have time enough to simply sit and read his books, he leans over to pick up a book and the glasses fall off his face, landing on the floor and breaking.
Which is how "The Twilight Zone" usually went.
Lately, I've noticed that reading small print has become more difficult. I keep saying I need to go to the eye doctor, and I keep not doing it. I can see fine for most tasks, like driving (as evidenced by the eye test portion of my very recent driver's license renewal application) and working on the computer, but trying to read print, one of my favorite past-times, has become almost painful as I strain to make sense of the blurry splotches on the page. The fine print on medicine bottles? Forget about it ... and as a label reader, shopping has become incredibly frustrating. Never mind not being able to pronounce the ingredients - I can't even see them anymore.
The other day, while everyone else in the family was busy having other adventures, Precious and I had an adventure of our own, which included visiting a local thrift store. While there, we took a look at the glasses - she, the sunglasses, and I the reading glasses.
I put on a pair that magnified words on a page by 1.25, and I could see! It's a miracle!
So, I bought them. My first, ever, pair of glasses.
I have to take them off, except to read, because the rest of the world gets blurry, but I've been reading, again, and really enjoying it ... again. No straining, no getting frustrated because I couldn't see the words, no headaches or twitching eyes, and no just putting the book down, because it was too late and too dark to see.
The whole experience got me thinking, though. What if, like the guy in that "Twilight Zone" episode, the world collapses, and I (finally) have all of the time in the world to read ... but I break my only pair of reading glasses?
If I had regular glasses, I'd probably make sure I had a spare pair, because even in the best of circumstances, glasses can and do get broken. My plan is to stock up on reading glasses at increasingly higher magnifications (and at $3/pair at the thrift store, it's also very affordable) ...
... and maybe I should go and see the eye doctor, too.