Took Thing Two to the optometrist for his annual checkup today. On the bright side, he cooperated admirably, but unfortunately, his prescription has deteriorated again (par for the course with farsightedness as kids grow, or so I am told--what the hell do I know?) and he needs new glasses. He's the only one of our three kids who needs them *knock on wood* but this poor kid got every damn whammy in the collective genepool. Learning disability? Sure. Aplasia cutis? Bring it. Kid doesn't have enough else going on?? Sure, let's make him wear glasses too.
We have no idea where the aplasia cutis came from; might have been a spontaneous mutation thing although one of our nephews (Himself's side) has a similar sort of spot in a different location. The language processing problem came from me, no doubt. Clearly his case is much worse than mine (considering that I got through high school, college and grad school without formally realizing that I can't remember shit unless I write it down as soon as I hear it, and I don't have the expressive language issues that he does) which does NOT make me feel any better about being the conduit. His vision issues, thankfully, I can't blame myself for: those are 100% from my blind-as-a-bat-before Lasik husband. Whatever you can say about brown eyes (and don't get me started about how all the songs except Van Morrison's are about blue-eyed girls), my brown ones work.
In the grand scheme of things, a prescription for new glasses shouldn't be the end of the world, and it isn't. I just feel bad for the kid, since the glasses are just that last bit of insult heaped onto a shitload of genetic injury and I'm reminded of it every time he needs new ones. Dammit all to hell.