It started innocently enough: I needed new glasses. After church, we went to the mall and meandered towards the eye doctor's office. Well, they didn't have any appointments until 2:15, so we ventured into the mall. An hour and half later, we returned.
It was the same ole spiel. "Can you read these letters? What numbers are in dots?" I almost have that book memorized. "Take your contacts out. Now can you read the letters? This puff if your eye is going to make you jump but it won't hurt. Have a seat right here. The doctor will see you shortly."
So there we sat. Me half blind; Mom laughing at me.
The doctor came out and called my sister's name. I almost, automatically, stood and corrected him. People confuse my for my sister all of the time. But there was another patient standing, so Mom and I just laughed.
Then he came back and asked for someone with my dad's name. "Actually, this is Katie," Mom whispered to me. We had another good laugh.
I've been going to this same place in the mall for years, but this was a new doctor I'd never met before. You figure if he was working Sunday afternoon he probably wasn't very high on the totem pole. However, every time he came back, we noticed he had a smile. Well, Mom noticed. I just saw him as a big purple and black blob, but I think we have matching purple shirts. We figured he was enjoying his job.
Finally, the doctor came out and called my name. With a hand outstretched, he introduced himself.
"I can't see you," I said with a laugh. He chuckled, I found his hand, and we shook.
Then he led me back to the exam room. "Just feel around until you find the big chair," he said. My turn to laugh. I'm not quite that blind.
The exam went well, albeit not uneventful.
Doctor: Healthy blood flow.
Katie: Oh, good.
Doctor: No signs of glaucoma.
Katie: Oh, good.
Doctor: Your prescription needs to be updated but all looks good.
Katie: Oooh, yay!
To do: Entertain Opthamologist. CheckNext on the to-do list was the more daunting task of picking out new glasses. I narrowed it down to two but could not decide between them.
Finally, I put them both on at the same time to compare the two. Well, someone saw me with two pairs of glasses on (and contacts back in by this point) and just started laughing.
To do: Entertain other patients. Check.The last thing we had to do was check out. The store was super busy that day, so by this point Mom and I had been there for over an hour (not including the almost two hours we stalled prior to my appointment). We were ready to go home. Meaning we were more giggly, if that's possible.
Just in case the conversation between Mom and I wasn't enough to entertain the clerk, we threw her some jokes, too. Most of which I don't remember. I do remember she had a sheepish laugh when I told her I loved how her glasses matched her shirt.
To do: Entertain sales clerk. Check.Then she handed us the bill, and I was thoroughly confused: why were we paying to be their comic relief on a Sunday afternoon?
"Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it." Hebrews 13:1-2