Seeing the World Anew
This is Herman. He’s a very bright, sweet little nine year-old boy. At home he’s curious, creative, helpful, insightful and an excellent big brother. He’s in second grade and does well in school, but his work doesn’t quite reflect who he is or what he’s really capable of. And yet it’s been hard to say why not.
This is Herman after a trip to the optometrist. His very observant second grade teacher noticed a discrepancy between his abilities and his follow-through. His focus and attention were lacking, so she encouraged mom to do some investigating. Even though Herman passed the routine vision exams required for school, his dad suggested he get his eyes checked professionally. It turns out Herman is extremely nearsighted. Now with glasses on, the whole world is brand new.
His Mom shared: “The first time Herman put on his new glasses he looked up at me and seemed puzzled. He took his glasses off and looked at me again. Putting his glasses back on he said to me ‘mommy, you look different’. As he looked around the store he began to laugh. I could see by the look on his face that he was seeing the real world for the first time. The drive home was amazing. He pointed out leaves on trees, texture of clouds, and he read every sign we passed. When we got home he ran around the house examining all of our photos and paintings on the walls, looking at each one like it was for the first time. His new glasses have improved his school work and his confidence. I only wish we had seen the signs earlier.”
Last week, Herman had amassed a small collection of green tickets from school. Turns out the tickets are for students that excel in their daily work habits. Those students get to choose something from the special prize box in the classroom. Herman has never gotten green tickets before, but his ability to see and participate has changed things.
What energy it must’ve taken to find his place in a world that appeared so different to everyone else. I wonder what prize he’s going to choose?
Founder and CEO of Young Rembrandts and Author of Being Visual