This week's top of the heap: perspective and voice, historically speaking...
|Helen Keller 1880-1968|
"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit." ~Helen Keller
Helen Adams Keller was born a healthy child on June 27, 1880, to Captain Arthur H. and Kate Adams Keller of Tuscumbia. At the tender age of 19 months, she was stricken with a severe illness, which left her blind and deaf. At the age of six, her parents took the half-wild, deaf and blind girl to see Dr. Alexander Graham Bell. Because of her visit, Helen was united with her teacher Anne Mansfield Sullivan on March 3, 1887.
After Helen's miraculous break-through at the simple well pump, she proved so gifted that she soon learned the fingertip alphabet and shortly afterward to write. By the end of August, in six short months, she knew 625 words. By age 10, Helen had mastered Braille as well as the manual alphabet and even learned to use the typewriter. By the time she was 16, Helen could speak well enough to go to preparatory school and to college. Helen Keller became one of history's remarkable women. Wherever she appeared, she brought new courage to millions of blind people.
Helen Keller spent the remaining years of her life at her home in Connecticut. During her lifetime, she received many honors in recognition of her accomplishments.
Books can teach you so much! I love that I can get a different perspective on life from seeing the world through a character’s eyes. One book that I feel I learned the most from was Walking to the Bus-Rider Blues by Harriette Gillem Robinet. It is a story that takes place during the bus boycott in Alabama shortly after Rosa Parks refused to move her seat. I learned so much about the boycott and how hard it was to carry out for everyone, but they stuck with it because they knew things needed to change. Reading this book made me see how much our world has grown and I am glad that people are treated more equally today. I know we still have a ways to go, but it is nice to see how far we have come! We are all different in some way and it is important for us to be tolerant of our differences (even better if we can embrace them). I especially like the message of perseverance and non-violence that are so much a part of this beautiful tale. ~L