Spectacles are the simplest way to correct short- and long-sight and help people see clearly.
My father makes shoes. Last year he stopped making and mending shoes because he could not see to thread the needle or do the small stitches. We were unhappy because daddy was not earning enough money to buy the things we needed, like school books and clothes. At last his friend, Mr Kuma said, “My friend, you should go to the eye clinic to get spectacles.” My father did not agree. “I am not yet old and I have always seen well. Spectacles will make my eyes weaker.” But from that day he noticed that there were people his age wearing spectacles, like Mr Zuma in the post office and Mrs Kumalo who made clothes. He decided to have his eyes checked at the eye clinic. He returned with a pair of spectacles, looking very proud and happy. He has gone back to mending shoes and we are happy now. Questions:
- How did the father’s vision affect the family and why?
- Why was the father not willing to go to the clinic? Was he right?
- What helped him decide that he should go to the clinic?
- What question would you like to ask him?
- What do you feel about children who have to wear spectacles?