Stories from the Stringam Family Ranches of Southern Alberta

From the 50s and 60s to today . . .



Friday, March 23, 2012

Prairie Eye Tests

Sigh. Just put them on . . .
My children were raised on Disney movies.
And the Great Canadian Plains are flat.
What do those statements have to do with eyesight?
Maybe I should explain . . .
In some parts of Alberta, the prairies stretch out, flat and almost featureless in all directions.
And you can see for miles.
If you can see.
Our eldest daughter was having greater and greater difficulty making out what was being written on her grade two blackboard.
We suspected that she would soon follow in the footsteps of both of her parents.
And all three of her older brothers.
Glasses.
We were saddened by this.
Caitlin had always been our little 'eagle eyes'.
Able to spot a MacDonalds sign from miles away.
The first one to spot a coyote or antelope.
Remember what I said about the prairies being flat?
We decided to test her.
One last attempt before we admitted defeat and took her to our good friend, soon to become our better friend, the optometrist.
Sigh.
We were driving.
A sign approached.
Visible for miles.
An easily read sign.
“Caitlin,” her dad said. “What does that sign say?”
Caitlin straightened up in the back seat, craning her neck to see out the front window. “It says . . .”
“Don't step on the mome raths!” came another little voice from the back seat.
Three-year-old Tiana had joined the conversation.
With the usual interesting results.
Maybe one too many times watching Alice in Wonderland?

6 comments:

  1. Well if you need them I guess you need them . I have them and only wear them when I need to.
    Then I think the more you wear them the more you need to wear them but today there is a lot of progress in the eye department.
    So maybe by the time she grows up she wont need glasses at all.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Her eyes have definitely gotten worse. She need strong glasses now. Poor little chicken!

      Delete
  2. I'll bet your 'prairie' test is actually MORE effective than the optometrist version!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "Can you see what it says on that MacDonald's sign?" My kids could read them from miles away!

      Delete
  3. Diane, I resisted getting the Son glasses till he was sixteen. His pediatrician suggested I wait because his eyes were still maturing. I tried pinhole glasses but they didn't work and finally got him prescription lenses. Ironically, he's supposed to wear them all the time and only wears them when he remembers to put them on. When he doesn't, I reckon he walks around blind as a bat. Go figure. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My daughter remembered to put them on . . . when she could find them. Which was seldom . . .

      Delete

Thank you for visiting! Drop by again!

All of My Friends

Daughter of Ishmael

Daughter of Ishmael
Now available at Amazon.com and .ca and Chapters.ca and other fine bookstores.

Follow by Email

Hugs, Delivered.

Compass Book Ratings

Compass Book Ratings

Ghost of the Overlook

Ghost of the Overlook
Need a fright?

Google+ Followers

Networked Blogs

My Granddaughter is Carrying on the Legacy!

My Granddaughter is Carrying on the Legacy!
New Tween Novel!

Gnome for Christmas

Gnome for Christmas
The newest in my Christmas Series

SnowMan

SnowMan
A heart warming story of love and sacrifice.

Translate

My novel, Carving Angels

My novel, Carving Angels
Read it! You know you want to!

My Second Novel: Kris Kringle's Magic

My Second Novel: Kris Kringle's Magic
What could be better than a second Christmas story?!

About the Mom

My photo

Diane was born and raised on one of the last of the great old Southern Alberta ranches. A way of life that is fast disappearing now. Through her memories and stories, she keeps it alive. And even, at times, accurate . . .

Join me on Maven

Connect with me on Maven

Essence

Essence
A scientist and his son struggle to keep their earth-shattering discovery out of the wrong hands.

Essence: A Second Dose

Essence: A Second Dose
Captured and imprisoned, a scientist and his son use their amazing discovery to foil evil plans.

Looking for a Great Read?

E-Books by Diane Stringam Tolley
Available from Smashwords.com

The Babysitter

The Babysitter
A baby-kidnapping ring has its eye on J'Aime and her tiny niece.

Melissa

Melissa
Haunted by her past, Melissa must carve a future. Without Cain.

Devon

Devon
Following tragedy, Devon retreats to the solitude of the prairie. Until a girl is dropped in his lap.

Pearl, Why You Little...

Pearl, Why You Little...
Everyone should spend a little time with Pearl!

The Marketing Mentress

The Marketing Mentress
Building solid relationships with podcast and LinkedIn marketing

Coffee Row

Coffee Row
My Big Brother's Stories

Better Blogger Network

Semper Fidelis

Semper Fidelis
I've been given an award!!!

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award
My good friend and Amazing Blogger, Marcia of Menopausal Mother awarded me . . .

Irresistibly Sweet Award

Irresistibly Sweet Award
Delores, my good friend from The Feathered Nest, has nominated me!

Sunshine Award!!!

Sunshine Award!!!
My good friend Red from Oz has nominated me!!!

My very own Humorous Blogger Award From Delores at The Feathered Nest!

Be Courageous!


Grab and Add!

Search This Blog

Ghost of the Overlook

Ghost of the Overlook
Need a fright?