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It became quickly apparent at last week’s eye exam that Pumpkin needed eyeglasses. She remained composed as we started looking at frames in the office. After trying on the fifth pair she “didn’t like”, she turned to the woman helping us and asked “Will I have to wear them to school too?”. The woman responded with a nod of her head. That’s when Pumpkin turned to me with tears in her eyes, hoping i might tell her differently. All I could do was choke out an “it’ll be okay” as I tried to hold in my own tears. I know what it feels like to be the “girl with glasses” because I had glasses in kindergarten too.
Since that day she’s come back to being the composed and confident little girl we all know–a little girl who’s even showed some excitement about getting her glasses on Tuesday, though I know the fear of being “the girl with glasses” is still right below the surface. I know she’s worried the other kids might not like her because she has to wear glasses. I know because she told me. I know because I’ve felt the same way.
So, to help ease her fears, we’ve been noticing every “girl with glasses” and talking about how cool and smart and fun and special they are. I think she’s especially liked a couple of The Girls with Glasses Shows I’ve found for her.
Here’s where I need your help.
If you are a “girl with glasses”, I’d love it if you could send a picture of yourself rockin’ your glasses. I would love to have a tons of photos to show her, to help kick off her inaugural week of glasses wearing with courage and confidence. You can:
1. E-mail it to me at carrie(at)thismamamakesstuff(dot)com
2.Post the photo on your blog & link to it in the comments
3. Tweet the photo to @thisiscarrie
4. Spread the word to all your friends that I need pictures of “girls with glasses” this week!
5. If you are on Twitter or Facebook maybe you’d be kind enough to share something like this: “Are you a Girl with Glasses? A 5yo girl needs your photo –>http://bit.ly/9NqYq7 #glassespride”
At the very least, I hope when she walks into kindergarten this week as the only “girl with glasses” in the class, she’ll know she’s really not alone.