Mike had perfect 20 / 20 vision. However, his eyes didn’t work together as a team. First Grade was hell, to put it mildly.
After watching a late night news broadcast featuring the experiments of Dr. Irlen in England, we purchased sunglasses with yellow, red, purple or green lenses. Wearing the glasses, Mike was able to see the letters lined up in the proper order and track from the end of one line to the beginning of the next … for twenty minutes at a time. It takes only twenty minutes for the brain to reprogram itself. this is called the Hawthorne Effect. By taking the glasses off and putting them on every twenty minutes he was able to do his schoolwork and to devour the books that he had been unable to read. The yellow lenses worked best. Our next bit of fortune was finding a remarkable woman who had developed a system of reprogramming the brain. Though challenging, it was successful. The colored glasses found their way to the bottom of his drawer. They had turned his life around and given him hope that his dream of being an astronaut might still come true. He now works for Moon Express, with the goal of winning the Google Lunar X Prize.
Drawing: drawn first with fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Rome Burning Ink, followed by watercolor. I decided not to paint the black ear pieces. I didn’t want to distract from the colored lenses.