I met with my latest student Tuesday and again yesterday for our tutoring sessions. She wears glasses because her vision is REALLY bad. Tuesday she did not have her glasses on. When I asked her where they were, she replied they were sat on and broken. I asked is your Mother getting them fixed and she thought so.
When I went back yesterday, still no glasses and she is having behavior problems. I asked when I took her down the hall to tutor if she was having a hard day. She replied, "Yes". She said that she had a headache and was in the bed after she got home with it and did not do her homework. She was visibly down. I asked about her glasses and she told me that they could not be fixed and she would have to have a new pair.
WHO WOULDN'T HAVE A HEADACHE!
I spoke with the school nurse on my way out and offered to pay for the glasses if that was the problem. She told me that she had the funds to pay for a new pair of glasses, but the Mother had to take her and have them fitted. It seems with the struggle to support and take care of a family full of children, she was having a difficult time taking care of that.
ONCE AGAIN---I am reminded of the obstacles that MANY face----just to get an education. MY HEART IS BROKEN!