Magic Eye

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I believe it started in middle school, about the time my mom re-wallpapered our bathroom with this crazy repetitive design.  As I’d use the bathroom I’d stare at the wall across from me and as my eyes would start to cross, the pattern would become 3-dimensional, much like the Magic Eye pictures from the 90’s.  I did that for years every single time I sat there.

Now I have a strange habit.  Ability maybe.  For example, when I’m feeding my infant, I stare at the carpet on the floor.  Every time I do this, my eyes sort of cross the way they would when I stared at my bathroom wallpaper.  But now when this happen, an image appears.  These are completely random images usually–like the way your mind conjures up things you’ve never seen before in a dream–and I don’t realize what I’m seeing until I’ve been staring at it for several minutes.  But as soon as I become aware of whats happening and refocus my eyes, I lose the image and I can’t find it again or even imagine how in the world I could have found that picture in what I was looking at.  I only see an image once.

A few weeks ago, as I sat on the floor helping the baby hold his bottle, my mind wandered off to I-don’t-know-where, and then all of a sudden I realized I was seeing Tom Selleck.  This was a strange instance because usually what I’m imagining are supernatural-type images.  Lately I’ve thought that maybe it would be a good idea to carry around a small notepad in my pocket so when this happens I can draw the images and create some sort of portfolio of my craziness.   I’ve considered consulting an eye doctor (or a therapist maybe) about these occurrences, but on the off chance that there’s something that can be done to ‘cure’ me, I’m not sure I want to be cured.  It’s kind of fun not knowing what or who I’m going to see next.

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6 thoughts on “Magic Eye

  1. I never did that with our wallpaper. You should have told me 🙂 Also, Tom Selleck is everywhere! Remember when I found him on my couch? (a wet spot that looked like him, not actually him….darn)

  2. Trust me, you weren’t crazy! It was exactly the same for me! Every morning on the potty I’d be like “Woah!” Not really sure why I ever decided to replace that wallpaper. I really sort of miss it!

  3. I think that’s definitely an extra ordinary ability, Whitney. I think it’s wonderful that you can use your imifination to make life a lit more interesting. I don’t think you should wnt to “be cured”. I think the note pad idea is a great one! I apologize if there are a lot of mispelled words here. The printing is so small that I can’t read it to tell if, with my one hand, I am making any tping errors.

  4. I made the following comment, but I’m not sure I did it right, so will copy it here just in case. I may have made o lot of tying errors, because the writing was so small I couldn’t read it to make correctios.

    LOVE, GRANDMA

    I think that’s definitely an extra ordinary ability, Whitney. I think it’s wonderful that you can use your imifination to make

    life a lit more interesting. I don’t think you should wnt to “be cured”. I think the note pad idea is a great one! I apologize if there are a lot of mispelled words here. The printing is so small that I can’t read it to tell if, with my one hand, I am making any tping errors.

  5. As a kid, I had white daisy wallpaper with a yellow background that did the same thing. I would stare at it and it daisies would jump out. Glad to know I’m not crazy!

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