A dad is turning his daughter’s required wearing of an eye patch into a fun experience
As parents, we all hope for our children to have a life free of health issues. Of course, that is not usually how it goes and most of our kids will struggle with an illness or injury eventually. But it’s when that setback occurs while they’re still little that can be a true punch in the gut. One dad is turning an unfortunate circumstance into something fun for his daughter by using his creative talents to transform the eye patches she’s forced to wear into actual works of art.
Refinery29 wrote of the continuing awesomeness of dad Geof Grubb, who initially posted the incredible eye patches he designs for daughter Layla to Reddit last year. He wrote in his post “My daughter has to wear an eye patch. Tried to make the best of it.”
And boy did he ever. Since then, Grubb has posted several of his masterpieces to an Instagram account called Layla’s Patches. This dad’s dedication to making something that’s a bit of a bummer into something totally fun is clear. His designs are creative and fun, encompassing everything from Disney princesses to Pink Floyd. Grubb’s works of art include something for everyone.
The weekend got me like… #pascal #laylaspatches #ipatch A photo posted by @laylaspatches on
Look out, Van Gogh! #starrynight #laylaspatches #eyepatch A photo posted by @laylaspatches on
Layla was born with a cataract in her right eye and requires a corrective eye patch for two hours each day to help her vision improve. Instead of allowing the daily ritual to become a dreaded experience, he decided to make it fun for his little girl. And it appears he’s been very successful in that goal.
Whether it’s a wheelchair, a helmet or an eye patch, no parent wants to worry that their child feels “different” from their peers. There are health obstacles for some kids that must be dealt with but that doesn’t mean it needs to feel like sterile drudgery.
By taking his daughter’s need for an eye patch and turning it into a cool, creative endeavor, Grubb changes the conversation. Instead of strangers seeing his daughter with her eye patch on and immediately feeling bad for her, they notice the gorgeous designs on them and might ask about that instead. It reduces any stigma and makes his little girl feel like a superstar rather than someone to be pitied or fretted over. It’s a win all the way around.
Layla only needs to wear her patches until she’s five, but it looks like her dad is determined to make this experience as much fun as possible until it’s no longer necessary. He’s doing a wonderful thing for her and we wish them the best going forward.