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Cat's eye

May 9th, 2014

There are just some statements in my parenting life that I could not have ever anticipated coming out of my mouth. I gave Olivia a kiss just as she turned her head, so I ended up kissing her eyeball.

I felt it and she obviously felt it. It was wet. She blinked a few times and scolded me for kissing her open eye. "Sorry, Sweetie!" I said.

"Don't touch my eye!"

Ocho: "Don't touch my eye!"

"That's OK. I touch Ocho's eyeball," she admitted.

I raised my eyebrows and said with surprise, "You do? Really? Why?"

"Yeah. I hold her like this and I touch her eye," continued Olivia, demonstrating a headlock and an extended index finger. "I do it every day."

Now, I'm not sure if she really gives the cat a daily eye poke, but even one time is one too much. "Olivia, that's not nice. The cat doesn't like that. Don't do that again, OK?"

"Aww. Just one more time? I want to feel how wet her eye is," she pleaded.

One more time? Feel how wet her eye is?

No. Just, no.

I have followed up twice with her just to be sure she is not doing this. "You're not touching the cat's eye, right?"

No, she assures me. I believe her. And I can't believe I have assembled those words together in a sentence. Parenting is such a trip.

3 Responses to “Cat's eye”

  1. Angie Won:

    Cute picture of Ocho. Maybe you can suggest Olivia gently touches Ocho's nose to see whether it's dry or moist. Some people say that's an indication of a cat's health/well being, though I'm not sure it that's a myth. Love your blog!

  2. Ken Conklin:

    I recently had a routine eye exam. Partway through the ophthalmologist announced she would now test for glaucoma. She put a drop of liquid onto my eyeball and told me to place my chin firmly into a little stirrup to hold it steady. I said "Oh, you're going to do the puff test?" She laughed and said "That's sooooo outdated. We don't do puff test anymore. Now hold still!" After doing the procedure for both eyes, I asked her to explain how the new procedure tests for pressure in the eyeball without the puff of air to briefly compress it and measure its speed of rebounding. She said the drop put onto the eye was an anesthetic, and a small machine had actually touched my eyeball to measure the pressure inside. Wow! So maybe Olivia will become an ophthalmologist (after she learns to spell it) -- an occupation where she could make people's eyes wet and touch their eyeballs.

  3. zzzzzz:

    She will be ready for contacts at a young age.

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