Meilin had everyday glasses, but she also owned a special pair of spectacles. She had found them at a clothing swap that her mom had taken her to at a community centre gym. Normally, Meilin disliked these events. While other people were trading clothing, she could never find anything she liked.
On this day, however, she saw a forest-green box with a few pairs of glasses in it. One particular pair stood out—the ones with the purple frames. She tried them on and was surprised that they fit so well. She looked around, noticing that the prescription seemed to match her eyes.
Out of the corner of her eye, she noticed some movement and turned to see an old lady trip on another woman’s bags that were blocking the aisle. The older lady fell to the ground, grabbing her knee in pain. Meilin blinked and time seemed to go backwards. The older lady got up, the bags returned to their place in the aisle and then she walked backwards up the aisle. Once she got to the beginning of the aisle, time began at the regular pace. It was like someone had pressed the rewind button on a video!
Meilin could see that the older lady would trip again, so she swapped for the glasses and hurried over to where the accident had occurred earlier. She politely asked the other woman to move her bags out of the aisle. Once the older lady had walked by safely, Meilin breathed a sigh of relief.
By the end of the three-hour clothing swap, Meilin had also helped a little boy who had gotten lost, and prevented a basketball from the other side of the gym from hitting a clothing swapper.
On Monday, Meilin wore her glasses to school and …