Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Eyes Have it

Most people don’t notice this (or if they do, they’re much too polite to comment on it), but my eyes look like they belong to two different people. No one is symmetrical—and I should know, being an optician for the whole of my adult life. Having to explain to people every day why I’m adjusting their glasses to sit straight on their face, not straight on the table, and yet not end up insulting them—“Dude, your right ear is half an inch lower than your left. Yes, your glasses are going to look crooked when you put them on the table. But they’ll be straight on your face.”—that really brings it home. But my eyes go beyond thwarting symmetry. They each have their own personality.

My right eye is my cynical eye. It’s a little squinty, a little suspicious. It’s literally smaller than my left eye, and it acts like maybe it’s got something to prove. I think it might be jealous of the other eye. My right eye is my Clint Eastwood eye. Go ahead—make my day. Don’t look at my right eye if your feelings are easily hurt, because it will judge you, and you will always be deemed unworthy. My right eye says that everyone is annoying, and possibly should be mauled and eaten. My right eye would do this, if it could. It’s the only part of my body that’s not vegetarian.

My left eye is wide-eyed and naïve. It’s open to the wonders of the world, and constantly amazed at the beauty of it and the people in it. It is perpetually astounded by everything, including things as commonplace as my cat or my morning cup of coffee. My left eye is always surprised. If you and I have been hanging out for a while, look at my left eye after an hour. It will be surprised. It will be saying “Oh! Look who’s here!” More than that, it will be looking at you with the wonderment of a newborn baby. If you want to feel beautiful and amazing, gaze into my left eye for a minute. It’ll give you a real ego boost. Of course, don’t look at my right eye after that. That bastard will take it all away again. 

"You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"

"Oh my god, you're like, so beautiful and amazing!"

 And here's the whole picture, in case you think I cheated and cropped from different pics:
Please don't ask what's on top of my head. I really have no idea. It was an interesting evening.

And I totally could have taken a new picture to exaggerate the effect...
but I respect you guys too much to do that.


  1. I always used to wonder about why my glasses don't lay nice and flat on the table, and then I realized why. Your eyes are beautiful and very warm, both of them, BTW! :-)

  2. DJan, I have that problem too. Lizzi - you have great eyes. Life would be boring if we were all perfectly balanced - its the differences that make us unique.

    Dancing over from the SW ball.

  3. My eyes aren't symmetrical either, and it's becoming more pronounced as I age. I've just given up allowing my photo to be taken.

    Visiting from the She Writes Ball.
    Susan Bearman
    Two Kinds of People

  4. Not so sure anyone's eyes are symmetrical. But fret not, yours at least look like they belong to the same person! Love the weird hat. I'm over here from Bloggers' Ball, and glad I saw your blog! Catherine

  5. I am not sure anyone has symmetrical eyes either. It is interesting.

  6. Hi,
    I just thought I check out your stuff, and you're not so bad yourself. Thanks for your comments and listening to KPLU this morning!