What will it feel like to be almost normal again?
Will the days fill with meaning, the nights rest with pleasure?
Alas I know not what tomorrow will bring —
So it’s it will be in the smaller moments that I will define who I am, who I will be.
At least as long as it is up to me . . . and little is of course . . .
An important decision came to me today that surprised me. Oh there were the impossible ones that came in the hours beforehand which could be the subject of a tragic drama-blog here (ie. how to handle the seizure attacks overnight, sleep deprivation, heavy burdens, pain) but all that changed when I was catapulted awake at 8:17 a.m. Could I make it to that appointment after all to the eye doctor? They didn’t really cancel my appointment from that frantic message I left at 4:57 in the morning did they? Well I was about to find out!
I pulled on some clothes; rushed back and forth throughout our humble abode; threw together the records, food, and drink I had loosely assembled the night before; and was practically out the door before my hubby emerged from shaving in the bathroom! I’ll call the office on the way, I thought to myself. And lucky for me my appointment time was still open for 8:45 a.m. Holy cow.
Lord only knows how I function on days like these. The headache pressed sharply into my skull with the plethora of medical testing and related tasks that fill my very full (medical) “work days” lately. (That is a story for another time!) Diarrhea delayed the first few steps of my eye exam as the technicians escorted me to rooms with various equipment, administered those dilating drops, etc. So now my vision had become as blurry as my mental status. Neat huh? Sish. Soon it was time to make some decisions about contact lenses and the potential replacement of eyeglasses. Three years had passed since my last exam. Clearly vision care has not been my priority of late!
I don’t even know her name yet her face will be memorable for many weeks to come. The Optician in the big room with all those designer frames was an older lady with exquisite taste, professional temperament, mastery of her craft. She quickly knew that I would benefit from some coaching in my selections and did so with style and grace. I liked her eyeglasses, Silhouettes she called them, and decided it could be a new style that would work for me. But was I ready for it? Suddenly I realized that I was deciding about more than a functional facial dressing . . . no, I was crafting what presentation did I really want to make with my eyes, my facial expression to the world these days?
Makeup doesn’t work for me most of the time. I do keep my hair colored and trimmed fairly regularly, styled about half of the time. My clothing is rather casual favoring comfort not the fashion trends of the last decade. Rarely do I adorn jewelry even though I had my own business making and selling colorful macramé jewelry for almost 3 years. My face has aged considerably. The summer tan has faded. I no longer wear contact lenses which used to give others direct visual access to my eyes, my soul. My current eyeglasses with red and black frames are my only adornment, providing a little bit of covering behind which I can hide.
Soon I excused myself to the bathroom yet another time for a little moment of reflection. Would I choose a new style behind which to mask my true self a little longer? Yes it really does feel like that. Would it be frames where the focus is on the shiny rhinestones or metallic finishes instead of the tender woman peering out from behind them? Only after a few tears later did my choice become clear. I selected the ones like those my teacher was wearing today. Kind of like I did with Mrs. Heitkamp back in the 5th grade. (Oh how I loved her so!)
Far be it from me to miss a moment where I can slowly but surely find a little extra meaning in what is happening and move forward too. I really do want to be well some day and by golly I hope that my attention to the little things will help me to get ready for that day. It’s just a pair of eyeglasses right? Maybe so. Behind them this time will be a little more of me and a little less of something else blocking the view of the woman inside coming back into view.
1 Peter 3:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
If you are in a battle right now too, Gentle Reader, please do not lose hope. Please don’t hide. Our Lord Jesus Christ yearns for fellowship with each of us as He dresses the heart, infuses the spirit, loves the broken, and leads us to His throne of grace full of splendor beyond compare. We are beautiful in His sight! One day I pray that we will see these truths ever so clearly as the pains of this world give way to His richest glory forevermore.
And for that we are definitely going to need sunglasses, eh? JJ