Rasool’s glasses|عینک رسول

“130th story”

First published: Feb.20.2020

Rasool was a little boy when they moved from their village to the city of Shiraz.


He was a tall boy but always sat in the first row in his classroom just because it was the only way for him to see the blackboard.


Most of the time in the house, he kicked objects without intention.


His parents always accused him of being clumsy and stupid. Every time he wanted to move into the house, he tried to be more careful, but the same clumsiness kept happening.


Life was the same for him for years.

When he was in junior high, one of his mother’s friends visited them from their village to stay for a week. She was a delightful lady with a great attitude. After dinner, she brought a book out of her purse and a pair of glasses. In those days, not many people wore glasses, there wasn’t any ophthalmology, and no one did any check-ups.


Her tiny glasses had an old frame with a broken left handle. She installed wire and a thick rubber band to be able to keep it on her left ear. She looked very funny to Rasool.
Her stories were lovely and they liked her being around.

The next day when she was out with Rasool’s mother, he put her glasses on to make fun of her, behind her back. As soon as he had the glasses on, he saw the world differently. The brick walls had lines.


The pattern on the carpet made sense; everything was more bright and clear. He took her glasses to the school secretly without her permission.
He was able to see the blackboard from the last seat.


When the teacher saw Rasool with those ridiculous glasses, he introduced a shop in the bazaar that sells eyeglasses. After school, Rasool went to the store and tried many of the lenses and bought a pre-ready one. His world was blurry for years, and he thought he was clumsy and stupid.


If we had knowledge, everything in the world would make better sense. And to gain knowledge we need to read, see and experience.

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Categories: bedtime story, fable, fiction, folk tale, parable, Short Story, Storytelling, taleTags: , , , ,


  1. Sometimes a coincidence can change ones life completely…
    Love your story, dear Laleh. ❤

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  2. your stories sound like parables, be blessed

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  3. What a delightful way to say it. 🙂

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  4. Laleh this is such a wonderful
    and cleverly written story! Your stories always share life lessons and wisdom. Rasool’s glasses corrected his vision, helping him to see and opened his mind.

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  5. Nice post, I wish Rasool had known about the eyeglasses much sooner.

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  6. Very nicely told and helpful story. I wish we could find glasses that could help us see more clearly with more than just our eyes.

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  7. Another lovely story, Laleh. I am so blessed to live in a time and place where good eye care is readily available.

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  8. A wonderful tale . . . and lesson.

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  9. This reminds me of my early childhood where I moved forward in the class, until I was right at the front. Then a teacher suggested to my parents that I needed glasses. It was almost a rebirth!

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  10. see me
    just like rasul
    and rid
    of them
    at last
    cast off

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  11. So true, and sometimes those tools (like the glasses) can escape us for a long time but when we get/develop them, things start to slot into place and make sense. Wonderful story.xx

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  12. Your story reminded me of my own struggle with poor vision. It wasn’t until I was thirteen that my mother took me to an “eye doctor” who tested my vision and prescribed glasses. What a difference that made in improving my performance at school!

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  13. What a life changing experience for Rasool, thanks to his mother’s friend.

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  14. You have a gentle way of conveying important lessons, Laleh. I hope the book is doing well. ❤

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  15. How wonderful! I look forward to reading it. ❤

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  16. Eccomi! Finalmente mi ha fatto entrare, e trovo una storia dolce e significativa.
    Buona serata.
    (spero di non avere più problemi)

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  17. Interesting story! Sometimes we cannot realize what happens with kids until eventually find the reason of strange behavior. I had pretty much the same story with the child of my daughter’s friend. This poor girl grew up with no any exposure of intelligence till four years of her age. Then her parents start to worry about that and show her to doctor. Doctor found that she doesn’t see well. He suggested to wear the right glasses. This lovely child then became absolutely different – smart and bright girl.

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  18. A story that brings back memories. I knew I had bad eyesight but managed to conceal the fact until I was about 14. Only when I was eventually tested and fitted with glasses did I realise I’d been missing so much.

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  19. Hello Laleh! Thank you for another wonderful story, I am sorry for the long delay. Hope you and yours had a nice start of the year, and you enjoyed till now. Best wishes, Michael

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  20. Love the moral of your story

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  21. Hi Laleh. You are such a wonderful storyteller. Love the images. A meaningful lesson for everyone.

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  22. When I was 14 I realised my eyes had been getting worse without me realising – I got glasses and thee experience I had that day wa very much like the one you describe.

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  23. This is delightful Laleh!!! 💕💕💕❤️

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  24. Inspiring story! Laleh, your ending phrase of “read, see, and experience” is filled with blessed truth as we mature in our knowledge.

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