Off with your specs grandma!!

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The other day Ms. Papaya and I were horsing around when she grabbed the chord to my spectacles and pulled so hard that I came within an inch from her eyes. She gazed at me with a fixed stare and pulled them off . I noticed that she did this several times especially when I was wearing them to change her nappy or give her her vitamins.

I noticed a similar reaction with Po who used to wonder why I needed spectacles and also made a grab for them everytime.

Then the other day Wow Dinga grabbed his father’s specs and perched them on his nose . While we adults were horrified and asked him to take them off , he was more pleased that his siblings were terrified . Little Po’s lower lip began to quiver while Ms Papaya’s face crumpled and huge big plops of tears rolled down her face as she began to wail. 

I dug into my memory bank and remembered that even Wow Dinga had displayed such aversion to my specs and came to a conclusion that many behavioural scientists have missed an important milestone :

When an infant approaches his first birthday he develops a sudden fear/aversion to spectacles. 

Have any of you made this observation? 

Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


  1. oh.. they are fascinated with specs. I had a big mole on my cheek which every kid liked to point out and touch. I was so upset, I got it removed.

    1. Oh dear ! Well thank God it’s fascination . I thought my Papaya’s reaction was fear…

    1. Oh yes! They pull my hair and hold a bunch on each side of my head and pull themselves up!

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