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When I was in second grade, I didn’t know I needed glasses. I thought I could see just fine. I could read my paper if I got REALLY close to it. I could see my sister and brother, or classmates if they were next to me. I could see my stuffed animals and my favorite toy doll.

But all that changed one day in class. The teacher called on me to read something off the board. I told her it was a sentence about the Berenstain Bears.

It was not.

It was a math problem.

I was ushered to the nurse’s office where they did an impromptu sight test for me. They sent me home with a note for my mom to make her aware of my vision update. I was very, very nearsighted.

The optometrist was a friendly gentleman who used a chart with E’s in all different directions to find out where my blurriness began. I chose pink plastic frames that would later turn me into a target. (I was caught between bullying and low self-esteem, a bad combination.) But at the time I picked them out, I really liked them. I thought they were cute.

As I grew older, I kept looking for frames that were thinner, smaller, to the point of almost disappearing into my face.

Even so, I can remember second-grade me telling my mom joyfully, “Look! The trees have leaves!” as we drove out of the parking lot so very long ago.

V. Buritsch

A freelancer, fiction writer, podcast listener, fantasy reader who sometimes remembers to write for herself on occasion. She has a BA in English and Management, and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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