Emme is five-years-old.
She got glasses when she turned four.
It was the day she turned four.
No one realised before her four year health check that Emme could hardly see out of her left eye. So Emme, like thousands and thousands and thousands of other kids around her got glasses. It wasn’t just glasses for Emme but patching, daily for several hours at a time to correct the eye that forgot how to work.
It’s not a big deal is it? I mean look around you, everyone has glasses, children and adults, teenagers and the elderly. It’s so common place you don’t think twice about it.
Until your four-year-old comes home crying from pre-school, her glasses twisted and warped.
Four eyes they called her.
One of the kids stepped on her bright pink glasses.
They called her"four eyes". Image: iStock.
It could have been an accident. You have to think the best don’t you?
Another kid asked her what was “wrong” with her. Was she a pirate-head? Is that why she wore a patch?
Pirate-head. Four eyes. It’s easy to dismiss them as silly phrases but when they leave your child weeping they cut to the heart.
When I shared Emme’s story with friends, what happened stunned me.
Other stories, other tales of hurt and sorrow, of bullying and nastiness came out, some from people I’d known for years.
A six-year-old told she was “fat”.
A nine-year-old told she had no friends.
A 13-year-old girl tricked into believing she was popular and whispered about daily until the bullies broke her.