As Presbyopia Came Knocking

A very apparent SIGN of AGING! There’s NO denying that! Translated…

Awhile ago, I had a gathering with my best friends, the group of us, young cougars of around forty became chatterboxes, it’s, as if, we’d, turned back the hands of time to way back when, when we were, still, upbeat, college students.

As the waiter came with the menus, we all started, flipping through the pages, it wasn’t that the dishes weren’t any good, but the gift of presbyopia, brought on by the years. Starting last year, I’d had troubles, reading the smaller prints and couldn’t follow the lines I was reading through, although I’d known, it was, presbyopia, that it was, “normal”, I couldn’t help, but feel that loss. Ling, who’s an elementary school teacher said, that as she called roll now, she’d often, misread her students’ names, and the students who didn’t know her better thought, that she was, bad at Chinese. This was nothing that Ling, who’d held herself in high regards could put up with. From before she’d thought it’d made her look old, but, she’s planning on getting a pair of reading glasses during the upcoming holiday.

not my photograph…

Li, who helps her husband in business, claimed that she shall follow Ling’s lead, turns out, she’d written one less 0’s when she’d sent a wire-transfer, and afterwards she’d gone to the manufacturer’s with a gift basket to apologize, and she was, nagged, for days on end by her mother-in-law and husband. “We must, admit we’re, aging now!”, that, was what she’d, figured.

Wen, who’s in the technology industries felt, that presbyopia isn’t that scary, that, keratoconjunctivitis sicca was, the “common cold” at her workplace. “What’s the scariest is macular lesions!” Turns out, many of the workers in her industry were nearly blind from macular lesions which was why Wen overlooked the troubles brought on by presbyopia. “I’m getting by presbyopia fixed by laser!”, Chien, who’d been trendy with the fashion news, while for us, laser, in our knowledge, only treated nearsightedness she’d already, “evolved” to getting the surgery done, she’d believed that presbyopia will make her frown as she tried to see things, adding to the wrinkles, and so, despite how costly the procedure is, she was still, willing, to give it a shot.

When we were in our twenties, we couldn’t imagine ourselves at thirty, and yet, in a blink of an eye, we’d found presbyopia on our front steps. Recalling way back, my best friends and I would sing, “The most romantic thing I can think of, is to grow old with you slowly…”, back then, we’d carried that romanticism to hearing the song, and now, this song emphasized how wonderful, having long-time friends can be, being able to enjoy growing old with a bunch of friends, I suppose, is, a romantic thing, that only those who reached midlife can enjoy.

like this???  Not my photograph still…

So, with you getting older, everything is slowly changing, your metabolism slows down, you can’t see clearly, and, there are, a lot of other physical changes that are happening to you, but, if you stay young at heart, and have a group of friends who will offer you the support when you need, then, there’s nothing scary about getting older…

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