Mutesi was a shy but clever girl. She couldn’t see too well, she wore glasses for as long all her life. Some of her classmates habitually picked on her and made fun of her big glasses.
The most popular classmates called Brian started calling her ‘Four Eyes’. The very nickname stuck, everyone knew her as Mutesi-Four Eyes. She acted like she didn’t mind, but in fact she couldn’t stand it.
One day, the class went on a school study tour in Uganda. The children were walking towards some big stones and then Brian put his foot in a hole and slipped.
While falling, he grabbed onto Mutesi, who was walking next to him, and both plummeted down the hole, out of sight.
After some time they landed in a very big dark, cave. All that could be seen was ray of light coming from the cave roof, metres above, and some tree roots and trunks which had fallen through the hole. Mutesi and Brian shouted for help, but no one came.
Crouched together in the deathly cold of the cave, they endured a long dark night.
The next morning they still hadn’t been found, with just the small ray of light from above, they wouldn’t see most of the things around them.
Brian constantly shouted for help, but foe many hours of searching and scrambling, he had found nothing and he was scared.
It must have been noontime, when Mutesi noticed the ray of light was descending from the hole in a straight line, and landing onto the floor right in front of her.
Quickly, she took a piece of wood that had fallen into the cave, and, using her glasses as a magnifying glass, she focused the ray of light onto the wood until a little flame sprang up. They instantly attained a torch.
Brian was surprised and excited at the same time. He grabbed some more branches, and off they went together, to explore the cave
It took them some time, but finally they found a way out. Amidst hugs and cries of relief, Brian gave Mutesi heartfelt thanks.
He knew that she couldn’t stand people calling her Four Eyes, and he regretted having given her that name especially after seeing that her glasses had saved them.
When they met up with the search party, Mutesi and Brian were asked several questions by the police and journalists.
Brian came forward and said: “What a stroke of luck I had! I could not have been with a better fellow adventurer than Laser Light Mutesi!”
Brian told everyone what had happened, and from that day there was no longer any Four Eyes at the school. But don’t ask how many Laser Light kids there are, because they are really quite few.
Moral of the story: Don’t make fun of people’s physical characteristics or deficiencies. Everyone gives the best of what they have, and often, unpopular people can offer more than the popular ones.