Eyes don’t sparkle … do they?

the silent wave

People talk a lot about peoples’ eyes.

It’s all about the eyes.

“His eyes twinkled.”

“Her eyes sparkled.”

These phrases stand at the ready, because they know they’ll be used.

Phrases like those are something I could never understand, because it’s something I’ve never noticed.  And I’ve always wondered about phrases like that, even though I never realized I was wondering.  Eyes don’t sparkle…  Do they?  They don’t twinkle, either.  So, why the weird terminology?

Forty years into my life so far, I still don’t quite get it, but for the past two of those years, I have finally known why I don’t get it.  How do you notice something, such as twinkling/sparkling eyes, when, as a general rule, you don’t look at them?

Two years in (meaning into this Asperger’s/autism discovery thing), I still don’t get it.  But that doesn’t mean that I don’t try to understand.  (It seems…

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