Around the age of 2, I was told that I would have to wear glasses. Now, 34 years later, I found out that one of my twin nephews, Noah, who is 3 ½ years old, was told the same thing.


 

 

Around the age of 2, I was told that I would have to wear glasses. Now, 34 years later, I found out that one of my twin nephews, Noah, who is 3 ½ years old, was told the same thing.

I got to see Noah and Zach, my brother’s children, on Sunday at my folks’ house. It only took a few seconds to see that Noah looked just like I did when I was his age with his glasses. After seeing both of the twins, I sat down with them and told them a couple of funny stories and advice associated with glasses.

The funny story happened to me twice in my younger years. I was getting ready to take a bath, when my glasses slipped off of my face and into – you guessed it – the toilet, which was near the tub. Luckily, there was nothing in the toilet and I did not accidentally flush it.

I remember going to the eye doctor when I was a kid. Mom took me up to Joplin, along with Greg (Greg would go along for the ride), to Dr. Butler. I would go in – the appointment would usually be early for a child, 9 a.m. – and would sit and sit until the call from an assistant, “Todd Higdon, we are ready for you now.” We would then be escorted back to the first room.

The first room was the assistant asking questions like "how are you doing," "how are your eyes," then she would cover one of my eyes and ask me to read the smallest line on the wall. Then we would move to the next room, where we waited for the assistant to put drops into my eyes (and, let me tell you, it is hard to keep your eyes open with someone trying to put those drops in your eyes).

Within a matter of minutes, and three drops per eye, the lights were turned off, so that the lights would not hurt my eyes. Then came the next room, the room that we would wait for the doctor to come in. He would also check my eyes, making sure that they were getting better and not worse. He offered me some advice, like not to wear them to bed, be careful when playing and not have them fall off and always clean them.

So Noah, that is my advice that I offer you. And for Zach, you watch out for your brother.

The kids assured me that they would be very, very careful.

And Noah and Zach, if you are good like I was when I had to go to the doctor’s office, maybe your mom and dad will take you to the doughnut shop, like mine did.

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