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(Originally published in Summer 2004 SEE/HEAR Newsletter)

By Virginia H. Owen, Retired Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments and Jacob's Grandmother, Houston, TX

Abstract: A grandparent relates her family's adventure of keeping up with her grandson's eyeglasses.

Key Words: blind, family, personal experience, eyeglasses, organizational skills/p>

Jacob, a 5th grader, had misplaced his glasses again. His parents were not thrilled at the prospect of having to buy another pair. He is a responsible student by nature, but he has a characteristic of being forgetful.

Being in the stage of preadolescence, it is very important to look like the other students. As he sees it, wearing glasses sets him apart from his classmates. Jacob knows that he has a serious visual limitation, but would rather keep the glasses off than to wear them for school work. In Middle School, it is very important to a student to appear "cool."

As instructed by his parents, he did a search of all the places at school where they might be. The glasses did not turn up. His mother went to the school and did a search herself—to his locker, to the Lost & Found, to the classrooms, to the Band Room. She did not find them. Things became tense at home.

Then Jacob had a light bulb moment. "I think I know where they are! They're in my trombone case!" He raced to the room where he liked to practice trombone, and there were the glasses, safely tucked away in the case. That saved the day, and Jacob was out of hot water.

Since I am his grandmother, and not the authority figure in his life, I can do a little teasing with him, while still trying to make a point. "Jacob, your glasses should be on your face, not in the trombone case," I told him. He grinned at me in a sheepish way, which made me know that he was listening to me. His parents and I hope so.