My First 40 Years
Self-Portrait with Glasses
Self-Portrait with Glasses 1999 oil on linen 20x16” collection of the family of Ed and Hilda Fleisher
I enjoyed excellent eyesight up until 1999. But then, for the first time, I needed help seeing small print. My arms weren’t long enough… I had to hold things way out to see the letters clearly… I, too, needed glasses like everyone else in my family.
I had been special in my family. Everyone else had glasses but me. That had been true for 42 years! But here was yet another sign that I, too, was getting old. I, too, am mortal. I, too, am aging, and changing; youth was and is now behind me.