When I was a kid, I always found it rather unbelievable --- but certainly convenient --- that Clark Kent could put on a pair of glasses and immediately no one would recognise him as Superman. I mean, come on.

Since I started wearing glasses again, though, I've managed to take by surprise many friends who are used to seeing me spectacle-free in my online userpics. Never underestimate the transformative power of a slender black polymer frame, it seems.

At a family dinner yesterday, it was my cousins' kids who noticed and remarked upon my glasses. They seemed quite concerned that I was suddenly wearing glasses, probably because they're at the age (one is six-going-on-seven, the other a year younger) where some of their friends or schoolmates have started to wear glasses because of shortsightedness or other conditions.

Of course, they're also at the age where they think my age is incredibly old and far away. I remember being that young and ingenuous.



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