Today my wife and I had our eyes examined. It had been two years since the last visit, so the doctor (of course) commented on our length of time (our insurance allows yearly visits, and if we were to do that, of course, he would garner more funds). My wife's eyes changed a bit. Mine stayed the same, being very myopic as I have always been. I first started wearing glasses at seven years of age, but can remember probably needing them as early as four years of age. Even though back then there was a "stigma" when kids wore glasses, I really never gave a damn about that as the amazement I felt at how clear, precise, and wonderful everything looked when I wore glasses. I remember getting home the first day I had my glasses, and I ran down the large hill of my back yard towards the woods, utterly amazed at how I could see each individual leaf on the trees, and the shapes and textures of the clouds were so vivid.... it was shocking the detail I could see! When I went to school the next day, the chalk writings on the board by the teacher jumped out at me as vivid, sharp lines instead of hazy, fuzzy blobs of color. It was wonderful... the chalkboard looked as clear as the words on the page when I would read!