I am happy when I get glasses.
They make me look very stylish, don’t you think?
Do you wear glasses?
~excerpt from the I Feel Happy series of children’s picture books
When I was in third grade I knew I couldn’t see the board at school. I had to squint my eyes into tiny slits to see anything. But I was too afraid to tell my parents because I didn’t want to get glasses. I knew it would make me look different, and I wasn’t ready for that.
But, unbeknownst to me, the teacher also knew I couldn’t see the board, and she told my parents. Obviously I was getting glasses.
I cried when the doctor handed me my new glasses and told me to try them on. He told me to look out the window so I could see if they were the right prescription. I put them on but I couldn’t see a thing. I was too busy crying, remember?
There was a lady standing next to me who was as unlucky as I was because she was also wearing glasses. She put her hand on my shoulder and said, “Oh honey, there’s nothing to be sad about. I wear glasses and people still love me.”
“They do?” I thought.
It took me a while to get used to my new look, but once I did I really liked wearing glasses, and I loved being able to see. I looked way better in my glasses than I ever did squinting!
Oh, and by the way honey, people still love me.