NO SPECS FOR REX
By T.B. Charles
One morning the youngest member of the Tyrannosaurus family was late for school.
Rex had to hurry. He didn’t want to miss the bus.
He ran into the kitchen to pick up his lunch. However, he picked up a bag of trash that was sitting on the counter.
When it came time for lunch, he wondered why his lunch bag smelled so bad. It was also not in a paper bag, but in a plastic one.
He must have grabbed the wrong one. Everyone at the table held their noses when he pulled out the rotten apples.
At recess, he didn’t see the large puddle of water and got soaked from head to tail.
The bell rang to go back inside.
Roger laughed at Rex as he dripped all the way back to class.
“Watch out for ol’ soggy scales,” said Roger.
After recess, Miss Baxter, asked him to read some words on the blackboard. They were fuzzy to see, and he got them all wrong.
Miss Baxter gave Rex a note to take home. Was he in trouble?
His mother could tell something was wrong. His lunch was still on the counter, and he didn’t say much when he got home.
Even Grandpa couldn’t get him to smile.
“Is something bothering you, Rex?” asked his mother.
Rex handed her the note.
It says you’re having trouble reading the blackboard. She thinks you may need glasses.
“Glasses? I’m not wearing glasses,” said Rex. “They’ll make me look silly.”
Grandpa looked over his reading glasses. “In my day, we called them specs. And they won’t make you look silly.”
“I can see fine,” insisted Rex.
That night he tripped over a toy stegosaurus and bumped his head on the wall.
His mother warned him about the importance of glasses.
“I’m not wearing glasses! Everyone will tease me!”
The next day he got tangled in a giant web from an orb-weaver spider.
And he almost fell into a tarpit after tumbling over a rock.
Still, he wasn’t going to get glasses. He knew what would happen.
But soon he was having trouble watching his favorite shows. He had to sit close to the television just to watch Captain Raptor.
He loved Captain Raptor. He was big, brave and strong.
But he was also blurry.
That’s when he knew he needed the glasses.
When he walked into class everyone stared at him. He could hear the giggles.
And the loudest was Roger.
“LOOK AT THE REX WITH SPECS!” he shouted.
All the other dinosaurs laughed.
He knew this was going to happen.
They teased him the whole day.
And the next day, too.