If a Man Asks for Your Shirt…

brandi takes it offIt doesn’t show poor boundaries that I offered a guy one of my contact lenses, does it?

He came to look at our house to see if there were any way we could air condition such a leaky old ship as this place and arrived a little after our appointment time.

“I’m so sorry I‘m late!” he said. “My contact lens just popped out of my eye on the way over here! I had to pull over and I looked all over the truck but I didn’t find it.”

His eye was watering.

“If you’re like me you can’t see at all,” I said.

“Right!” he said.

“Are yours the extended wear 30-day kind like I have?”

“Yes they are.”

“What magnification?”

“3.75 in that eye,” he said.

“Just a sec,” I said. 

I went to my medicine cabinet, pulled out one of my own 3.75s and gave it to him – and we had a little festival of joy for the poorly visioned then and there.

It isn’t often you can help someone in such a specific way like this. I was glad I could.

 

Author: Terry Marotta

I am syndicated columnist, blogger and author who loves any chance to give talks about the ease of first-person writing.

8 thoughts on “If a Man Asks for Your Shirt…”

  1. Only 3.75? Mine are over 10 with addon features for a fun-house mirror astigmatism and a prism. . Hopefully he bought you a replacement pair. You’re so fortunate to be able to wear contacts. I went to an eye doctor and asked if I could get a pair of contact lenses. He said, “I wouldn’t fit you for contacts for $100,000.” That’s when $100,000 could buy 2 houses.

  2. Don’t miss the current New Yorker article about our three greatest writers including you-know-who, said to be residing on Cape Cod rather than Ipswich. Or as I prefer to spell it, Ipswitch!

    1. Your younger brother shamelessly hoards the New Yorkers and he’s in Kentucky with them all week – but I can download the latest on my I-Pad. Can’t WAIT to read this!

      your fan in the east,

      T

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