Look for the Little Things
I got my sunglasses fixed today. When I had had a chunk of disposable income, I’d splurged on prescription sunglasses with a pretty expensive frame. Well, expensive to me. But they made me look cool and I had the money at that moment, so I got them. One of the best investments I’ve ever made, by the way. Prescription sunglasses are no longer a luxury in my book.
But one of the earpieces came off. The optician I took them to said they couldn’t fix it, it had to be welded. Well, I just Superglued it back in place. But that didn’t really work because the spring had come out of it. The spring is what snugs the glasses up to your head. What holds them on, in other words. I didn’t have one on that side anymore, so they’d fall of if I moved quickly or looked down. I went to another optician and he said I needed whole new frames. Well, I didn’t want to spend that, so I just kept moving my head slowly and not looking down.
The first place I had gone to had given me a card for a repair place. It occurred to me the second optician might be wrong, so I called the repair place. They said yeah, no problem, bring them in, it’d be between $35–$50, and they’d have them ready in an hour or less. I thought it might be a problem that I had glued the earpiece back in, but they didn’t bat an eye. Forty-five minutes later, they gave me my sunglasses, good as new for $45. The side pieces were aftermarket, but they worked, and that’s all I care about.
The reason I’m telling you this is not that I thought you would love the story of my sunglasses. There are three primary take-aways:
- Don’t give up.
- Don’t take the word of the first person who seems to know what they’re talking about. And
- Isn’t it wonderful how little things can make us so happy?