My family, including myself, are immigrants that moved to the United States throughout
the latter half of the 20th Century. However, my father remained in the Philippines and one of the
things that he entrusted in my mother to give to me one-day was his pair of sunglasses.
I was 7 years old when my mother first gave me the sunglasses and she said, “these are
your fathers and they’re very expensive back home so please take care of them!” As a mother, of
course she was right. The sunglasses are vintage Ray-Ban Clubmasters, dating from 1985 when
the brand was especially popular in America, as seen in movies such as "Top Gun."
However, the value I find isn’t so much the brand-name, but the concept of what my
father saw through these sunglasses. Whenever I wear them, I can’t help but think about the
countless sights that my father saw through them, especially when taking into consideration that
he was a sailor. In a sense they reflected his own dream to one-day travel to the United States.
Whether it was the vast seas or the country in which he grew up in, my father saw life as it was
through these lenses. Perhaps that is why he gave them to me, so that, despite our immense
distance apart, we may in a sense be able to see life together through the same sunglasses.
Through them, I live-out his dream.