It all started with me wanting to find the sunglasses that clip on to my prescription glasses. I picked out these glasses because they came with magnetized sunglasses that I can just attach whenever I am in the sun. I purchased them in August and enjoyed them on our trip to South Africa in October. Because I am prone to lose things, I mechanically placed the sunglasses in their case and slipped them into the same compartment of my purse over and over again so that I would not lose them. It is no small miracle that they made it back from South Africa with me. However, I think it was within the week of returning that they went missing.
So much happened that week. I unpacked and immediately went back to teaching and tutoring. I switched so many bags around. I have a travel purse, a tutoring bag, and a teaching bag. I am sure the glasses were moved around from bag to bag, but then what happened?
Because we returned from our trip at the end of October, which was midterm, I didn’t spend the time I should’ve spent to find them immediately. I kept thinking that surely they would appear. They didn’t.
Then Thanksgiving happened. After that, we had five family birthdays and Christmas in December. Finally on New Year’s Day I started thinking about packing for our trip to Israel. Near the top of our packing list I saw the words, “bring sunglasses, you will be surprised how bright it is.” Sigh.
Sunglasses are particularly important to me. A complication of my autoimmune disease is that I have struggled with ocular herpes and, more recently, scleritis. I have not had a flare of either of these conditions for over six months, however, even when I am not flaring, I am no longer able to wear contacts as I had for over thirty years. Also, even when I am not flaring, my eyes are particularly sensitive to light. Hence the purchase of prescription glasses that come with ‘clip on’ sunglasses.
Most reasonable people would’ve called the optometrist long ago to secure a replacement pair. Not me. I have lost so many things over the years. My philosophy is, “hang in there, it’ll show up.” Now it’s forty-eight hours before we leave for Israel and I don’t have sunglasses. Sigh.
I started yesterday, the morning after the last visitor left, cleaning out my office. It seems that my office was the last known location of the sunglasses. I really cleaned. I got on hands and knees, I pulled out everything. I took items off shelves. I dusted. I vacuumed. I inverted every bag I own. Nothing.
Well, in the process of doing all of that cleaning, I got sidetracked into making a pile of donations. I mean, who needs all this stuff anyway? As my donation pile was growing, I thought to myself, “you might as well do the minimalist challenge. It’s been two years. Clearly you have enough stuff here.” So, in true Kristin fashion, I got three plates spinning at once — packing for an international trip, searching for my sunglasses, and accumulating a mountain of stuff to donate. (Insert eye-roll here.)
The good news is that my bag is packed with a short list of last-minute items placed neatly on top. The other good news is that I’m already thirteen days into the minimalist challenge after only two days of cleaning and packing!! The bad news? Still no sunglasses.
I really hate making phone calls, so I tried one more strategy this morning. I was in the shower thinking of other places I could check when I thought to myself, “hey, my eyes feel pretty good! maybe I should try my contacts today! wouldn’t it be great if I could wear contacts the whole time I am in Israel?” I got out of the shower and put them in. Hey, they didn’t feel too bad! So, I headed off to our last Israel trip leaders’ planning meeting feeling very hopeful. Two hours later I was headed straight to the bathroom to get them out of my eyes. Scratch that.
I mean, I could call the optometrist, but what are the odds that they can help me? What are the odds that they are going to have a replacement pair of magnetized sunglasses in stock? Sigh.
I’m dialing now. All opticians are currently with other patients. I’m on hold. Wait, wait! The optician came to the phone, heard my request and didn’t laugh at me! He’s going to check to see what they have in stock. No, no they don’t have any. If they order now, they won’t be here in time. Yeah, I know. I should’ve called sooner. Sigh.
So, what’s a girl to do? I have no idea. I guess I’m gonna keep cleaning and putting things in the donate pile. A miracle could still happen, couldn’t it? If not, I’ll squint my way through Israel. Who knows, maybe it’ll be cloudy the whole time we’re there.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.