Thursday, April 25, 2002

Intimations of Mortality

My eyes ache. This job - working at a computer screen day in day out - makes my eyes ache. Last autumn I had my eyes tested and the optician told me that I needed to consider reading specs. Of course I said that I would wait and maybe think about it next year. Reading specs are a sign of ageing, so of course if I delay the specs I'm delaying the ageing too. That's logical isn't it?

But my eyes still ache at work. So last week - the same week that my youngest son turned 18 - I finally gave in and ordered a pair of reading specs. But in one last futile gesture of denial I chose frames made by Animal - the label beloved of skateboarders, surfers and other young people. Young people like me....

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