Every six months or so I make a TJ Max run to purchase another couple of packages of 1.5 strength reading glasses. Oops, I mean 2.0. Next time, I’ll likely need 2.5 strength. They’re relatively inexpensive at only $9.99 for 4 pair, and they come in enough colors to match most of the clothes I wear (why not have fun??) I can leave a pair in each room of the house, and a couple of pairs in my locker at work. My eyesight keeps getting worse and worse, and I now need them to eat, so my readers have now also become my “eaters.”
I’m going somewhere with this, I promise.
Yesterday morning on my way home from the gym I stopped at Randazzo to get a fruit smoothie. I don’t eat enough fruit, and it’s such a treat – no added sugar. (Hello, my name is Rita and I’m addicted to Randazzo fruit smoothies!) In front of me was a little old man, rather bent over and using a cane to walk. He had some stylish jeans on with rhinestones on the back pockets, patent leather shoes, a big diamond earring in the left ear, and a hat just like Sammy Davis, Jr. would have worn, and he was ordering 2 scoops of ice cream – for BREAKFAST!
“Ice cream for breakfast???” I just couldn’t help myself. I had to tease him.
That spunky little gentleman turned around, grinned, gave me a sweet chuckle and told me, “Young lady, you only live once!” We shared a laugh and I hurried out the door with my smoothie to get home.
Later in the evening I made a Meijers trip and as I turned the corner to grab a bag of onions, they were suddenly prettier than I’d ever noticed them before. The last time I took my 2-year-old granddaughter to the grocery store, she was so excited to see the onions she said to me, “Look Gummy! Colorful onions!” I was so tickled over her adorable response to seeing beauty in onions that I really never took the time to notice the beauty she had seen in them! Until yesterday. And she was right! They really ARE colorful!
We arrive in this world with perfect vision. And it seems that life has a way of stealing that from us. Then we get old and our vision gets cloudy. Unless….. unless we take a lesson from those who’ve just arrived and see beauty in everything, eyesight still unspoiled by this world- or glean some wisdom from those on their way out who remember the simple things that are most cherish-able. Glasses or not – they seem to have the clearest vision of all.
I think I’ll wear the blue pair today – they will match my new sweater. And I think I’ll stop for ice cream on my way home from church 😉
What will you choose to see today?
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 ESV