Seeing Clearly Now

A challenge this school year has been Chloe’s resistance to read. She obviously can read quite well, but she never wanted to. One of her homework requirements is keeping a reading log, and it often remained blank.

Last weekend our condo complex had garage sales, and Chloe picked up a funky pair of wire-rimmed glasses. She put them on and remarked that she could see better. They were reading glasses. When we came home I downloaded a close-vision eye chart and found she couldn’t read even the first line!

We went to Walgreens and she picked out a proper pair of reading glasses, 1+ magnification. She loves them and is again happily reading. She told me she loved reading in second grade, so her eyes must have changed over the summer.

I nearly cried. She was so grateful she asked me how she can repay me–“Hugs? Kisses?” “No,” I said, just one thing: “Read.”

What amazes me is that nobody–not me, her teacher, the school counselor, the doctor–nobody considered she simply couldn’t see well. The school tested only distance vision, and she is far-sighted. She didn’t say anything because she figured this was normal. I remember when I was 13 and couldn’t see the board from the back row.  I realized I needed glasses when a classmate let me try hers.

She has an appointment for an eye exam next week to see if she needs prescription lenses.

Her ninth birthday flowers at church. She was so excited to wear her new reading glasses.

Her ninth birthday flowers at church. She was so excited to wear her new reading glasses.

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2 responses to “Seeing Clearly Now”

  1. Lindy Le Coq says :

    So glad for her! Bless you for seeing if she needs prescriptions lenses. I lived the first six years of my life legally blind, and my Dad was a teacher, and Mom a wonderful homemaker. I didn’t know it wasn’t ‘normal’ until the first day of first grade!!

  2. wigginswordsandimages says :

    It’s so interesting how many people have told me similar stories. You’d think parents, teachers, doctors et al would have wised up by now.

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