The eyes have it

I miss proper shopping, I miss big ‘Tescos’ and ‘Marks and Spencers’.

I miss them, I do. I know that there’s the beach, and the cool Mallorcan stuff, but come on, it’s expensive here and if it’s clothes you’re after they seem to be mainly made for midgets, not for regular sized people from Northern Europe.

So I do miss shopping, just popping in and picking something up and it being a pleasure to go and it being affordable, just doesn’t happen anymore.

Whenever I have been back to the UK I have been on an absolute mission to get as much stuff as I could possibly carry and afford to bring back to Mallorca!

My mega yearly shopping trip has until now included my regular spectacles and eye test update: I wear glasses to read and to work, I look at computer screens and words A LOT and without them I am a mole.

And I am quite careless with my glasses: they end up scratched, sat on, armless, and lost even.

So I’ve been a big fan of the cheapo £25 glasses you can get in Specsavers in the UK, the price includes quite funky frames and lenses. Bargain.

So imagine my delight on seeing that there was going to be a Specsavers in Santa Ponsa (I may even have geekily punched the air with joy.

Well, I say ‘may’… I did punch the air, I did, I admit it).

Off we trekked, my little girl La Gidg and I, to have our free (yes, the word made me doubly happy) eye tests.

I knew I needed to update my specs, and I wanted to take Gidg with me to get her checked out just to be sure, I didn’t really think she needed them, but I wasn’t prepared for the fact that she actually wanted to get glasses!

When I was a kid glasses were not cool.

Do you remember the ugly NHS frames?

Pink plastic for girls, blue plastic for boys. Ugh. And of course if you broke them you had to repair them with a sticking plaster, that was the rule.

So I don’t understand how glasses got to be cool with six year olds and had to console a thoroughly disappointed child when our lovely English speaking optician informed us that she would not be needing any goggles.

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