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Amanda Lamb: Purple glasses

Posted April 24, 2011

When most children find out they need glasses, their reaction is one of disappointment. But when my youngest daughter found out after a routine physical that she was near-sighted, she was inexplicably overjoyed.

I, on the other hand, was immediately transported back to my 3-year-old self on the playground with thick unattractive brown glasses with a black strap that affixed them to my head. But my 7-year-old had no such mental or emotional barriers to overcome. In fact, she told me that glasses were cool. Amanda Lamb's daughter gets purple glasses

"Mommy, can I get color glasses?" she asked.

Having no idea what options existed for children's glass, I, of course, said yes.

"Daddy," she said on the phone to her dad a minute later. "I'm getting glasses. And guess what? They're going to be colored!"

And sure enough, minutes later we were trying on blue, green, purple and pink glasses. Clearly, the choices had come a long way since I was a child.

After she modeled several pairs for me and her sister, we jointly settled on the purple glasses. The woman who fitted the glasses looked at my daughter in her new frames with her big blue eyes and a proud smile and said, "the only thing cooler than a 7-year-old in purple glasses, is a mom who lets her daughter get purple glasses."

That's exactly what I was thinking...

Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including two on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.


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  • br549znc Apr 26, 2011

    Very cool.

  • JAT Apr 26, 2011

    Oh gosh - we went through the same thing yesterday. I HATED glasses but my daughter is so excited. We picked the green/neon ones. I have to admit - they are pretty cool!

  • sat123 Apr 25, 2011

    I got glasses when I was six, and I was so excited beforehand that I fashioned a handmade pair out of a toilet paper tube. I ended up with purple frames, as well, but mine were strongly reminiscent of "Shy Violet" from the "Rainbow Brite" series. Nowhere near as cute as hers.

  • rosie48 Apr 25, 2011

    She looks beautiful in her new glasses! What sweet smile!

  • For-Better-Or-Worse Apr 25, 2011

    Once my 6 year old saw the frames with i-Carly on them that was the end of picking out frames.

  • carolinagirl28 Apr 25, 2011

    I have a 4-year-old with purple glasses! Although her initial reaction was to be worried that the kids at school would make fun of her. She actually asked me in the waiting room if she could get contacts instead! But now she loves her glasses, and, like your daughter, she totally pulls off the look!