In my family, my mother insisted that we siblings call each other by our given names. Mom didn’t approve of nicknames. So, she raised her eyebrows one day when I came home from second grade, and informed her that my teacher, Mrs. Stephenson, called me “Angel Blue Eyes.”
“When does she call you that?” Mom asked. “Oh, I replied, “when I turn in my papers. She always says, ‘Thank you Angel Blue Eyes.'” That was the first time that I remember anyone commenting on the color of my eyes. After all, blue or blue-green eyes were commonplace in my family.
According to a genetic study in Denmark, everybody used to have brown eyes. A team of scientists determined that a genetic mutation occured between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago which resulted in a reduction of melanin in the iris, turning brown eyes to blue. They also determined that all people with blue eyes are descended from a single, common ancestor who lived in the area of the Black Sea.
I wonder what those brown-eyed parents thought of the first-ever, blue-eyed mutant? The child’s blue eyes must have been a hot topic of conversation among the family, and in the community.
As for Mrs. Stephenson, she called me “Angel Blue Eyes” for the rest of the school year. I didn’t mind, because she had deep brown eyes, almost black, and I figured, that in a way, I brightened her day with my blue eyes. 🙂