Four Eyed Girl 四眼妹

May 72 at Port PirieAt twelve I became ‘four eyed’; that’s what the Cantonese calls a bespectacled person.  Suddenly the world looked different.  I became a book worm and my grades improved.

I see double when I try to look straight ahead.  At school everything looked a blur even when I sat in the front row.  I learnt to tilt my head to avoid the double vision with the result that more than one teacher suspected that I was deaf and asked my parents to look into it.

I have Duane Syndrome, a rare congenital disorder in my left eye, astigmatisms in both eyes and I was short sighted.  There was nothing to be done about the left eye; I will always tilt my head to see straight but the glasses gave me perfect vision and relieved the migraines I’d suffered for years.

In books I discovered new worlds to visit.  I disappeared less into myself.  In books I found words and ways to express my thoughts and feelings.  When my teacher wrote praises on my essays and my submissions to the Students’ Journal were accepted, when I won competitions in children’s magazines, I started to think of myself as a writer.

Then I was sent to Australia and had to start again in a new language.

About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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5 Responses to Four Eyed Girl 四眼妹

  1. thefeatheredsleep says:

    This spoke to me I felt the same!

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  2. taphian says:

    your stories are very interesting and moving. I’m looking forward to some more, Mary, regards Mitza

    Liked by 1 person

  3. ….and, girl, did you come through!

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