Jenna, my 6 year old, had to go see an optometrist today to get glasses. Our insurance only covers these very flimsy wire frames (my own pair fell apart 3 days after I got them and I had to superglue the lens back in.[insert nerd icon here lol]) We are only covered for one pair of glasses each 2 years, So I was concerned that little Jenna's glasses wouldn't be sturdy enough for the rambunctious life of a 1st grader. Thre was a kind little old man in the glasses shop, he is the one who helped me when I got my glasses a few months back. He picked out some plain wire rimmed glasses to have Jenna try on. She looked kind of sad and said "I don't like those, do you have any other colors?" So he went back and looked and found her some purple ones. (Still flimsy wire.) She liked these ones,and they looked really cute on her. He was So kind when he was speaking with her-he just reminded me of a little santa claus with his white beard and happy eyes.
I asked the gentleman if the insurance company would pay for the lenses if I could pay for the frames. I explained to him my concern for Jenna's glasses getting broken. He said he would see, and then looked at Jenna and said "You look like a pink girl to me! Let me see what I can find you!" He leaves the room for a few minutes and comes back with a pair of sturdy, hot pink plastic framed Hanna Montana glasses-with little tiny rhinestones all along the top of the frames. Jenna looked SO adorable with them on!
I asked how much they were. The gentleman said "Don't worry about it. I've got it taken care of." I tried to protest a few times and he just told me not to worry. He said Jenna's glasses would be done on Tuesday (with the insurance we would have to wait 4 to 6 weeks.) Jenna started crying and said she wanted her glasses today, she just wanted to be able to see etc. I was mortified that she was upset when this guy was being so sweet. He fills out all the paperwork and says "They will be ready tomorrow." I told him he really didn't have to do all of this, I feel bad, and he just said "It's Christmas time. Sometimes Christmas comes a little early." I am SO grateful that he was sweet enough to do this for us! Tomorrow we go back for Jenna's new glasses, and on Monday she will get to wear them to school so she can see properly!
Wha this gentleman didn't (and still doesn't) know, is that i'm a single mom of several children, and their father just lost his job about a month and a half ago, which means I am down 700 dollars per month in child support-we are really having a hard time financially right now. His blessing was just perfectly timed!
All evening I have just been overwhelmed with emotion about how blessed I am, not just because of this, just everything in life. I feel like this little incident was just the icing on the cake. God is SOOO good!
[As a side note, I saw the exact same pair of frames hanging on the wall when we walked out of the store. The price? 128 dollars. My goodness.]