It was simply inevitable. We knew it was. Aaron got his first pair of glasses when he was 13, I got my first pair when I was 9. So, we knew from the get go that, most likely, every one of our children would need glasses at some point. This is a little sooner than expected, but we knew it would happen.
Who am I speaking of? Jacob- my six year old in first grade. A few weeks ago at church, he asked me what hymn was next because he likes to get the next song ready. He has always read the board himself and so I was surprised this time when he said he couldn't read it. I asked if the numbers were blurry, and he said yes. So, I knew it was time.
Off we went last week to the eye doctor. Sure enough, he is near sighted. Not horribly so- his prescription is only 20/60- but enough that they doctor said he should be wearing glasses at least at school. We picked them up yesterday. Doesn't he look handsome? (not the best picture- I accidentally deleted the one with him smiling- I may redo the picture later if time allows- he still looks great though!) I think he looks smart and mature.
Jacob was NOT a happy camper about needing glasses. I think his biggest fear is that the kids at school will laugh at him. We were discussing last night how to handle that situation and I wasn't coming up with anything great to say, but Aaron did. He said if kids make fun of him, just say "SO??" and the kids would eventually get bored and leave him alone (which is true). I am hoping school is going well for him today.
He kept saying that his glasses make everything look "smaller"- I explained that they don't look smaller, just clearer! He also said he hopes he doesn't have to wear them the rest of his life. I hated to break it to him that once you need glasses, your sight usually gets gradually worse for many years.
On a positive note, We received a letter in the mail last week that Jacob was accepted into the gifted and talented program at school next year! We are so excited for him and so proud. He is truly an amazing kid. So, now he has smart brains and a smart new look!
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