William Watson: The good news about aging—seeing the past more clearly

My optometrist recently informed me my vision was getting better. A wearer of glasses since the age of 11, I now have close to 20/20 vision in my left eye. It seems improvement of this sort is common as people age. I asked him if anything else would be getting better and he said “No, unfortunately.”I don’t know. It seems to me not just our literal but our figurative perspective improves, too, especially about the past. Or maybe it’s just that memory loss kicks in and scrubs the past of the small imperfections that seemed so important and off-putting as

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