Sometimes we mamas put ourselves last. Daddy’s can do it, too. For our family, this usually comes in the form of material positions. [And just to clarify, I don’t think this is a bad thing. Remember? Seeking Phil.2 attitude]
Just this morning my husband lifted up his shoe to reveal that the sole of his sneaker* was almost completely detached. Not pretty. Also not the first time he’s worn out a pair of shoes right through the soles. [*Yes, it is a sneaker, folks, NOT a tennis shoe. Tennis shoes are for playing tennis. But let’s not get ugly about it.]
We are incredibly blessed in the scheme of this big wide world, but our groceries, mortgage, and keeping the lights on and water running are the priorities of our spending. There aren’t many shopping sprees happening up in this house. (The back to school shopping was a big deal and special treat). But God is good and we have everything we need and more. He always provides.
Really, regardless of income, status, or spending habits, I’d dare say that if you’re a parent with kiddies in the house, you probably understand putting your kids’ material needs before your own.
Case in point, let me give you a glimpse of my very unkempt self on the average day:
My glasses are an essential element of my go-to staple mama uniform. While I have contact lenses, it’s rare that I actually wear them.
And back to that whole putting the kids first thing, what sneakers are for my husband, eyeglasses are for this mama.
The ones in this photo are one of my favorites I’ve ever had: I like the thick glasses frames, the color, and the tricky two-toned color thing going on. The problem? They are majorly bent, tilt to one side, and the frames are scratched up bad.
Thanks to a nifty insurance benefit, I found about 6 months ago that I could make a splurge to get a new pair. I opted for a thinner pair with metallic frames. But not two months later, this:
That little hinge thingy on the side is bent up crazily, and they are not wearable or fixable.
So in true put-your-kids-first-style, I have been wearing the old pair with the scratched up lenses for a few months now. I’m slowly working up to a new pair by window shopping eye glasses online.
At GlassesUSA.com, there is this fun little virtual mirror tool where you can try out any of their glasses on your face:
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Hopefully I’ll be posting a photo with new glasses on soon! ;)
This post was sponsored by GlassesUSA. All opinions are my own.
What about you? What are your “eyeglasses”?
What are the things that get put on the back burner for you while you put your kids (or others) first? Comment & share!