Thursday, October 8, 2009


I took Jared to the doctor for a "well child checkup" last month. Everything looked great until they did his eye test. He wasn't able to see very well. Dr. Jackson suggested that we go to the eye doctor.

I made the appointment at Costco Optical and headed over with four kids in tow. When I looked at how small the exam room was, I knew that I couldn't take 4 kids in there and expect them to behave or for the exam to go well. I asked Jared if it would be OK with him if I waited out in the waiting room for him. He said it was OK. I wasn't comfortable with Jared going into the room on his own so I decided to give him a buddy and sent Mia in with him.

While we were waiting in the waiting room, Gordon and Ellis started to get restless. I asked, "Who wants to hear a story?" They were both pretty excited to hear one. I began, "Once upon a time there lived a..." then I pointed at Ellis and he said something like apple. The story went on and in a little while I pointed at Gordon and he helped with the story. We went on like this for a while until the story came to an ending. Time passed quickly and before we knew it, the doctor opened the door and was showing Jared just how his new glasses would help him see.

After speaking with the Optometrist for a bit, we went out to choose some glasses. Before we began, I took the kids all over to the corner and asked silly questions like, "Who is getting glasses?" "Can Mia touch the glasses?" "Can Gordon? Can Ellis?" They all had the correct answers and since we had talked about it before, not one of the kids even tried to grab a pair of glasses, I couldn't believe how well it worked. We chose a pair of glasses that both Jared and I liked and took them to the cashier.

She explained everything to Jared about what she was doing at each step. I was impressed. It was just what Jared needed.

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