In this day and age of extremes, it can be easy to get carried away. There are times when the simple answer is the right answer.

When my daughter was 8 years old, she had a delay in her reading skills.  Reading had become a laborious undertaking.  In addition, her handwriting and spelling were atrocious!  She had all the signs of her brain not working in sync and needing Brain Integration Therapy. Visions of large dollar signs danced before my eyes.

A good friend of mine suggested having her eyes checked.  I dismissed the idea as I thought if that was all it was, it would have been suggested right off the bat. That’s too easy of an answer!

Finally, one day while we were having book time, I spied my daughter with her nose literally in a book.  Thinking she was fooling around, I pulled the book back to a reasonable distance, and remarked that she couldn’t possibly read a book so close to her face.

Then she told me she could not see the words unless the page was right up to her face.

The pieces clicked. She really couldn’t see the words! Could the answer to her reading problems be THAT easy???

A few days later at the eye doctor we got the news.  She was suffering from Hyperopia.  I was aghast! Was that fatal?  Would she need surgery?  What did this mean???

Fearing the absolute worst, I was floored to learn that she was farsighted and an inexpensive pair of over-the-counter reading glasses would solve the problem!

Speechless and a bit taken aback, I marveled at how far I had allowed the “solution” to become!

I’m happy to report that since that time, she has progressed in leaps and bounds in her reading abilities, handwriting and spelling!

When you are faced with a situation where it is easy to jump over a problem and hastily arrive at a much more difficult solution, remember that the answer may be simple!