Zoe’s 3 and well into the “why” stage of life. “Why it’s called ‘breakfast’?” “Why it is snowing?” “Why I can’t wear a dress and a skirt at the same time?” And recently, “why he (or she) doesn’t wear glasses?” (Her word order for asking questions isn’t quite right, but I find it kind of charming.)
Sometimes it seems like the only question she hasn’t asked yet is “why do I wear glasses?” I think that starting glasses at 14 months, plus having family who wear glasses, it just hasn’t ever occurred to her that there was even a possibility that she wouldn’t wear glasses. And I’ll be the first to say that we’re very lucky in this regard, and I am not complaining about that.
But I’m still struggling with answering why someone else doesn’t wear glasses. I often find myself using analogies when I try to explain things to her, but I haven’t found a good one to explain glasses. I don’t like telling her that other people have “better” eyes, even if that is essentially what’s going on, because she has the most beautiful grey-green-blue eyes I’ve ever seen. I can’t think of any eyes that are better.
I end up trying to explain that other people don’t need glasses to help them see, but that never seems to quite satisfy her. Then again, she’s 3, and none of my answers to her “why” questions seem quite good enough. Have you explained glasses to your child? Any explanations that seemed to work especially well?