Mr. Elliot Burton. He was my fifth grade teacher and he did something incredible for me all those years ago. With the simple use of a shoe box, Mr. Burton introduced "the problem box". He asked us all to submit particular problems we saw or were having and he said that each day the class would brainstorm solutions. The day he addressed my problem, I began seeing the world more clearly.
For some reason I trusted Mr. Burton's shoebox and so I wrote an anonymous note about not wanting to wear my glasses and I dropped it in the box. Later that week our class was told of a "classmate" who did not dare wear her glasses to school in fear of being teased. Mr. Burton led the class in a discussion about differences and at recess he quietly asked me if I'd try wearing the new glasses for just 15 minutes the next day. I did wear them and before long, they were on my face full time. No one teased me. I'd eventually get better looking frames and contact lenses within just 18 months but I never forgot what my fifth grade teacher did for me.
Times have certainly changed. Wearing glasses is now considered to be pretty fashionable so when my son Paul learned he too would need them in the fifth grade, he took the news in stride. He did ask about getting contacts instead but only out of fear that he'd break his glasses while playing sports. When he learned at the eye doctor's office today that he'd only have to wear his glasses at school to read the board, and that his eye doctor wants him to wait until he's another year older before thinking about contact lenses, he shrugged and easily accepted the news.
Something tells me Dr. Corrigan and Mr. Burton would be pretty proud of me though for raising a boy as secure as Paul. Eye-glasses or no eye-glasses, he's got the healthiest perspective and self-esteem a Mom would ever want her 11 year old child to have. And he looks pretty darn adorable in those new specs too !!