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Reading Glasses


One day, a Congolese man picked up a pair of reading glasses his boss had left laying on a table, wondering what this was all about.


Not knowing that white people sometimes cannot see clearly without corrective glasses, the black man put the glasses on.


As he had 20/20 vision, he was shocked to see everything was blurred.


How can anybody possibly see clearly with glasses like that? A person wearing glasses must be very smart to be able to see with eye glasses.


Conclusion: Wearing corrective glasses became the symbol of being highly intellectual and above intelligence.


I had told that story to my husband's Health Care Professional, knowing that he would understand the story since he was from South Soudan.


This was a good five weeks ago.


We were talking about the difference between helping and enabling at lunch today. I also explained how I had called my husband's bluff that morning, as he was pretending he could not button up his shirt cuffs.


As I was leaving the table to go to the office, and knowing how much we like to laugh, pointing at me, the Care Giver said to my husband:


"Look at Anny's smile! She is smart: she is wearing glasses!"


Amen.

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