"Seeing" things a little differently
I had to take the challenge today from the WordPress daily prompt, I just couldn’t pass it up!
Describe a little thing — one of the things you love that define your world but is often overlooked.
Because it’s the little things that count…that is what makes them big or important. If it counts…it’s important, right?
Many of my subscribers know about my history because that is what my blog is based upon, but if you are visiting for the first time let me explain quickly.
I was born with congenital coloboma which is a birth defect that affects the eyes. I am blind in one eye and near-sighted in the other. I have a touch of glaucoma and floaters which would be bad enough but my right eye was also physically abnormal looking since birth. This caused me to endure many different emotions growing up and learning to deal with looking different from everyone else. I have written my memoirs which has yet to be published but I am working on that!
At the age of fifty (two years ago) I had the opportunity to have the physical abnormality corrected with three surgeries and an artificial eye.
Now…here is the best part.
People that I meet have no idea that I have an artificial eye! For the first time in my life, no one stares at me, makes comments or asks me “what is wrong with your eye?” Which I heard everyday of my life. It’s my little secret and I love it!
Granted, my friends and family know… but now, I think they tend to forget about it all. It’s the people you pass in the store, the clerk that checks you out, the children that ask innocent questions, being introduced to new people or going on a job interview. These are the people who made me cringe or get panic attacks because I knew what they were thinking or the questions they would ask me. (I was even called a monster once.)
So now…It’s the littlest things….I pass by strangers and they DON’T notice me! Children don’t tug on their mothers arms and ask them what is wrong with that lady and the funny looking eye. Now… I look straight at them and engage in a conversation. I just smile and inside…I am secretly thrilled that I look “normal.”
What a freeing experience!
Yes…It’s the little things that are biggest to me. It’s my world…and I love it.
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