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10 January 2011

Boys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses

Watching me playing from across the room, something alerted my dad. He held up a newspaper and asked me to read the headline.

Watching me playing from across the room, something alerted my dad. He held up a newspaper and asked me to read the headline.

And that's how we found out my eight-year-old self had been faking it: guessing my way through what was written on the board at school; spotting buck from the car at the Kruger Park that no-one else could see (turns out I couldn’t distinguish between a bush-blur and an animal-blur).

I had no idea there was any other way to see the world until we drove home from the optometrist, me wearing my first pair of glasses. I could see individual leaves on trees! I could see the details on the mine dumps! The world was a magically beautiful place.

I've never been happier to be proved wrong.

 
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