9.08.2014

Cheaters

At Thanksgiving, or a birthday
an uncle muttering I can’t read this
would borrow my grandmother’s glasses
or my mother would wear his to read
menus, rules of the game. I thought
all those adults had the same affliction
of the eyes. It must run in families.
Now I wear cheaters to read their emails.

Exactly 55 for Flash Fiction 55 at Real Toads!

20 comments:

  1. Indeed.. those glasses that are always lost too.. and now it's worse since we have to read the smartphones too..

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  2. Hi Marian ~~ welcome to the crowd. You did a good job of memory jogging, I had forgotten about calling the glasses 'cheaters'. I wear them too.

    My first thought here, before I got to the bottom, was joke about the older couple eating at McDonald's. They shared a meal and the false teeth. :)
    Now that I remember the joke, it comes to mind, I may write a story (poem ??) for posting here.
    ..

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  3. I love this. Ironically, both of my parents have had cataract surgery so they no longer need glasses to read, but I do!

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  4. I remember those days when I believed aging only happened to old people.

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  5. Ha, my husband does that but soon it won't be enough (actually it isn't now but he won't give in). Nice reflection on aging.

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  6. Out of eye-glasses and one is helpless! Wonderful write Marian!

    Hank

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  7. haha!! glasses... wheni was a kid i was jealous of my school friends who had glasses... coz teacher told us they had four eyes while we had only 2 !! :(

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  8. I resisted it until I couldn't stretch my arms out any further.

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  9. I've worn glasses since I was 12, but nobody ever asked to borrow mine. I did wonder what was going on with all the eyeglass-swapping amongst the ancestors, however. And old people holding a menu at arm's length—very confusing to a nearsighted youngster.
    I enjoyed this, Marian.
    Luv, K

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  10. the cycle of life... but you're honest

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  11. Ha! In a few words this creates a scene we all know so well. Very charming. (Unfortunately, I am both nearsighted and far-sighted--meaning I can 't see at all--awful.) k.

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  12. Oh so true! Wearing my readers now ~ with a huge smile on my face!

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  13. I have the "no-line" (aka progressive) bifocals. Took me a while to adjust but I love them. I laughed at "same affliction" ha ha

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  14. damn my old eyes - did you give me yours? ~

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  15. "Cheaters" - what a chrysalis of a noun. The falsies of sight, the badge of age that we must keep adding too in order to see normal.

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  16. i never called them cheaters or even heard that sage until i was ready to use them myself... so odd. as if magnification resulting in being able to read is some kind of personality defect. :)

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  17. I love the tone to this...the way it's written is warm, inviting, familial....something so easy to relate to.

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    1. thanks... glad you think so. thanks for visiting.

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