When they said, “See the world in rose-tinted lenses,” this is not what they meant.

I had plans today. Today, I planned to go to my knitting group, then go to work in the Russian bookstore at noon, and then attend a class after work.

But things started going wrong last night right before going to bed. My eyes were very itchy and irritated. After I came home from a late dinner with a friend, my son asked, “Mom, have you been crying?”

I replied “No,” that my eyes have been itchy and maybe just a little watery. I am fond of saying that I come from a…