Look up “tropes” in a dictionary and you’ll find something similar to this:
Etymology: Latin tropus, from Greek tropos turn, way, manner, style, trope, from trepein to turn
1. a word or expression used in a figurative sense : FIGURE OF SPEECH
2. a phrase or verse added as an embellishment or interpolation to the sung parts of the Mass in the Middle Ages
A figure of speech using words in nonliteral ways, such as a metaphor.
A word or phrase interpolated as an embellishment in the sung parts of certain medieval liturgies.
[Latin tropus, from Greek tropos, turn, figure of speech. See trep- in Indo-European Roots.]
The “turning away” part is, of course, where the terms “esotropia,” “exotropia,” “hypertropia,” and “hypotropia” get their name.
The “figure of speech” or “metaphor” part is my favorite, though. True to the “Trope” in me, I like to see my strabismus in a figurative sense or nonliteral way, such as a metaphor. That’s because the vision I see with my eyes is deceptive. It tells me what is on the outside. But it’s the attitude I take on the inside about what I see that realy counts!
I like the part about being an embellishment also. So many with eyes apart have grown up feeling ugly and have been treated that way as well. But remember, it’s who we are inside that counts. An embellishment is the part that makes everything else pretty or more enjoyable. Let’s choose to embellish the world and make it a better place regardless of the bumps it throws at us. In so doing, we find the embellishment returned to us — that good feeling inside.
My Behavioral Optometrist lovingly refers to her strabismus patients as “My Tropes.” I’m proud to be a Trope. Yes, we see the world a little differently. The world looks differently to us, and sometimes toward us as well. Yet this only compels us to polish the inside, because we know that is who we really are!