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Just call me Patch

What obscure but interesting tidbit do most people not know about you?

Most people don’t know that I had two eye surgeries by the time I was three and that I wore a patch for a few years to strengthen the repaired eye. I had all but forgotten about wearing the patch until I came across these old photographs.

My great-grandmother, my brother, and I, 1969

The patched eye became lazy, so the ophthalmologist moved the patch to the other eye to correct it. That backfired; I learned to favor my right eye and to this day see everything only in two dimensions.

On Grandpa’s tractor

I remember having to wear the patch to Kindergarten and being embarrassed about it. Sometime that year the ophthalmologist, not realizing he’d scotched my 3-D vision, pronounced my eyes sound and discarded the patch.

So tell on yourself! What little thing does nobody know?

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7 thoughts on “Just call me Patch

  1. Leo says:

    “So tell on yourself! What little thing does nobody know?”

    Deep down I struggle to forgive myself and move beyond my past mistakes. I do my best to keep all of this inside, attempting to project a decent sense of self-esteem.

  2. EB says:

    I would prefer tell things I know about OTHER people. =)

    But I need to think of something that I can use at work, because these questions periodically come up. It’s like a test: what can you say that is not braggy or boring, weird, or sharing too much?

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